If you're a lover of animals and looking to present a best-of-breed veterinarian resume, then this article is for you.
In a dog-eat-dog world, it is essential to present veterinary recruiters with the best possible resumes that showcase your veterinary experience and highlight the skills you've acquired in your practice.
Since 2019, the Occupational Outlook Handbooks states veterinarian jobs have been growing at a fast rate of 16% per year. This means there are over 89,200 veterinary jobs looking for qualified veterinarians like you.
Now, to become a veterinarian, you are required to have the following:
With these qualifications in the bag, all that's left is to impress veterinary recruiters with your detailed resume, and in this article, we're going to help you do just that.
Here's an overview of what we'll be covering:
In an industry that's growing as quickly as veterinary, veterinary recruiters are receiving applications like if it was raining cats and dogs. With that said, it is very important to make sure your resume stands out of the pile.
How do you do that? Well, by making sure your resume is formatted like that of a professional veterinarian.
Here are three ways to format your resume in a professional-looking way:
As a veterinarian, it is important to show veterinary recruiters that you have experience in the field. Therefore, leaning towards a reverse-chronologically formatted resume may help you present your experience in the clearest and most efficient way.
At the same time, vet recruiters also want to see what skills you can bring to their practice. With that said, formatting your resume in a hybrid way lets vet recruiters know you are the professional dog-and-cat-lover they are looking for.
Take a look at our guide on how to format your resume if you want to learn more.
Tip: Make sure that your contact information is correct on your resume so that vet recruiters can contact you. If you need help organizing your contact information, we have a guide for you.
Considering the fact that hiring managers and recruiters look at each resume, on average, for 6 seconds, having a resume summary at the top of your resume may help you get one step ahead of the competition.
A resume summary is a 1-2 sentence blurb that summarizes everything in your resume. It makes vet recruiters know you mean business and respect their time, which can help you get hired faster.
Here's what you should include in your resume summary:
Now, there are good resume summaries and bad ones, and we think it is best to show you both.
Here's a good example of a resume summary for a veterinarian:
Veterinarian with 4+ years of experience in animal emergency and critical care. Specialized in treating and diagnosing animals as well as surgical procedures and fostering excellent animal care.
Here's a bad example of a resume summary for a veterinarian:
Vet with experience in pet examinations while working at an animal hospital.
Want to write the perfect resume summary? Our guide on writing resume summaries has tons of examples.
You wouldn't want someone without experience taking care of your pet, so neither do veterinary recruiters.
Listing your work experience in your resume is crucial because it shows vet recruiters that you've done the dirty work and are trustworthy because of your amount of practice in the field.
Tip: Because veterinary work is a part of the medical industry, it is important to showcase your work experience in the aforementioned reverse-chronological format. This shows veterinary recruiters what you've last been working on and what practices and information are most fresh in your head.
It's also helpful to use good action verbs in the work experience section of your resume to let recruiters know you're qualified.
Luckily for you, we have a list of 350+ action verbs that will help make your resume more effective.
If you're not exactly sure what descriptions to add to your work experience, don't worry. We've got you covered.
Here are some examples of job descriptions that you can include in your work experience:
Now, your experience as a veterinarian and the kind of veterinarian you are will determine what descriptions you can include with the jobs you have worked.
Tip: See what job requirements veterinary offices are asking of applicants and include those descriptions in your resume if you meet them to appear higher on their candidates' lists.
Want more tips and tricks on how to write your work experience description? Check out our guide on describing your work experience.
When it comes to medical professionals, including certifications on your resume is key. It shows vet recruiters that you have the experience and are certified to do specific work in a veterinary office, which means they are more likely to hire you over someone who doesn't have any certifications.
Tip: Since you need a license in your state to practice veterinary medicine, be sure to include this licensure and certification in the certifications section of your resume.
Here are some certifications you can get and put on your resume that will make your resume shine:
Becoming certified in these practices showcases veterinary recruiters you've put in the hours and are a dedicated veterinarian.
If you're looking for more certifications to include in your resume or want to know how to correctly list them, check out our guide.
The truth is, it's very unlikely for you to get into a veterinarian position without a formal veterinary education.
In fact, to even be qualified for a veterinarian job, you need a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Even then, master's and doctorate degrees are preferred because you have your diploma and required courses to back up your veterinary knowledge.
If you're not sure how to exactly list your education, let this example below help you out:
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
College Park, MD
2015 — 2019
Masters in Veterinary Science
University of Maryland
2011 — 2015
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Tip: Be sure to list your education in reverse-chronological order, and if you're a new grad, be sure to put your education section above your work experience section.
Don't know if to put your GPA on your resume? Take a look at our guide on adding your GPA to your resume, which includes tips and examples.
As a veterinarian, it's important to show vet recruiters all that you can do. Therefore, it's crucial to highlight your key skills in your resume.
Tip: You can even make your key skills stand out by formatting your resume in a way where they are in boxes or bubbles like in our resume example above.
With being a veterinarian, there come specific skills you can list on your resume like the ones listed below:
There are also more common key skills you can list that can help to impress vet recruiters like these:
Adding key skills is sure to make your resume shine and stand out to vet recruiters.
If you're having trouble identifying key skills, we have a guide with 100+ key skills that can help you out, too.
If you're not already part of a veterinary organization, we recommend joining one and adding it to your resume.
Being a part of a veterinary organization is a great way to get knowledge on the field and be a part of a community that shares the same passion for animal care as you. Not to mention, it looks great on your resume and is sure to impress veterinary recruiters.
Here are some veterinary organizations in the U.S. that you can join and include on your resume:
Just be aware that some organizations and associations do require specific qualifications to join as well.
Tip: Check out what veterinary organizations are available in your state that you can join and include in your resume.
Adding your organizations is sure to strengthen your resume, and that's exactly what you need to do to up your chances of getting interviewed for the position.
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In order to become the best-of-breed veterinarian, you need to have a best-of-breed resume, and hopefully, by following our guide, you'll achieve just that.
We know we've gone over a lot of different components. So, here's a summary of everything we've discussed:
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, but with your impressive resume, you're sure to come out a winner.