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  • Natalie Atkin

Have your cake and eat it (too)?

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

“To have or do two good things at the same time that are impossible to have or do at the same time.”

This is an invitation to all the registered vets out there who have stopped practicing for family reasons or are struggling to find time to fit it all in

We know the statistics for skilled veterinarian doctors returning to work after having families are low. The conventional ways of clinical operations don’t lend themselves well to practicing vets with families trying to find that personal harmony between building their careers and caring for their families. One generally has to give to the other. Neither of these scenarios is positive.

We are a family-owned veterinary business. What does this mean? It means that as a young husband and wife with three young children, we are also business owners working hard to juggle everything. In our case, Dad is determined to be present with his children and a major part of their growing up whilst also practicing as a skilled vet and business owner. Mum is passionate about creating a loving family environment but is determined not to be at the detriment of losing her career and business identity.

Is it starting to sound familiar?

Every working family journey is different, but the historical similarities in the veterinary industry are scarily the same. We believe it’s time to change the narrative, well, at least at our group of clinics, to start with.

Whilst we may practice veterinary medicine in conventional ways, by putting family, wellness and consciousness at the heart of everything we do, we are taking an unconventional way to clinic operations. We are open-minded to the possibilities and opportunities of doing things differently.

This will be a learning journey for all of us, and no doubt it will be a little messy along the way as we break down the old ways to build the new, but with a strong team behind us, being open-minded and committed to achieving our shared goals, we know we can get there.

What does this mean in day-to-day terms?
What does it mean for you?

It means true flexibility in hours worked, a three-hour shift to carry out procedures or consult that fit within your family commitments, and a one-day-a-week roster that gives you ‘adult and career time’ whilst spending the rest of the week with your family. A four-day roster, with a commitment from us that, as a working parent, you don’t miss your kid’s school events, even if it’s on a rostered day.

What does personal harmony mean to you? What would be your ideal week? We would love to know. Please drop us an introduction via the email below.

Bryden & Sarah

A bit about us...

We have an established clinic in the heart of Berry, a freshly opened clinic in Shell Cove, and a practice in Kangaroo Valley. We have a close-knit team of working families, new graduates, professionals young and later in their careers and students. We offer veterinary services for small and large animals, where we actively place the needs of our clients on par with the needs of the animals we care for.


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