As an employee of a veterinary business, when I first heard the words “coaching for vets” I felt myself recoil at the idea. Surely, the intelligent, practical individuals we all believe ourselves to be, don’t need such new-fangled techniques? Well, let’s think.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has recently published data suggesting around 80% of staff in the UK, with some degree of management or leadership responsibility, are accidental managers. That means they haven’t been given any specific training for the position they now hold. Similar levels report experiencing mental health issues at some point during their career. Why? Obviously, the answer will vary for each individual. However, taking on new responsibilities with little or no preparation can take its toll on us all.

Veterinary Business, as we know, is unpredictable and fast paced. Vets, nurses, receptionists and business staff juggle specific skills with people management, teamwork, and more. Often, we find ourselves caught up in a whirlwind of do, do, do and don’t stop to consider why? Are we doing the best we can for all? Or are we happy?

This is one area where coaching can provide huge benefits. It provides a confidential, non-judgemental sounding board where you will be prompted to consider what you want from work and life. By reflecting on your behaviour, your relations with others, your views of leadership/followership and the bigger picture, coaching walks with you to identify priorities for personal development and compose a strategy to achieve that progress.

Progressive Vet Consulting is passionate about improving leadership and well-being within the veterinary industry. Research supports improved social skills and well-being as a crucial ingredient to career progression, balance and satisfaction and business sustainability. Our coaching aims to challenge and develop these essential skills, turning the accidental to the effective and authentic.

Perhaps the practical, intelligent individuals we are do need such new-fangled techniques after all….