Large animal veterinarians tend to live in the area where their practice is located. Even though they may be kilometres apart from neighbours, family, friends and colleagues, they are usually an integral part of the community and lifestyle of the locality they serve. In many ways it is a basis of their professional and personal satisfaction with what they do, how they live and how happy they are.
This is not always the case for small animal practitioners often located in large urban centres. These practitioners may or may not be ‘one’ with the community in which they practice. After years of observing professionals, where they operate, their overall job satisfaction and economic well being, the following could be concluded.
Where possible, veterinarians, even small animal urban practitioners, should live and work locally, develop a niche market there and settle in for a long stay.
the decision to do so will impact greatly on a career in
Living locally, practitioners will shop locally and spend money in the neighbourhood they live in. in time, they will be recognized by locals as being local and will soon be known as someone who serves their community. Through word of mouth, they are quickly viewed as a permanent and valued member of the local society.
Thus recognized and accepted, these veterinarians would not need to advertise their practices as much and the funds saved could be used to support a local charity, a sports team, a club etc. that enhances and improves the life quality and well being of many in the area.
By living and working locally, veterinarians are likely to join business associations, charitable organizations, social functions and religious institutions within their environs.
this results in valuable social and economic links with those that ‘have’ and ‘have not’.these interactions can be beneficial business-wise and often lead to the growth of a veterinarian practice. In essence, it is the practice of locals promoting proudly other locals and the locality. Additionally, this results in satisfying a desire many have to help the less fortunate and relate with those who have similar spiritual and social values.
By living locally, veterinarians will add an additional level to their family’s commitment to the neighbourhood where they live. Many urban living experts lament the disappearance of the neighbourhood: its identity, stability and continuity. They site that the transient lifestyles of so many today is a cause for social unrest and disconnection. They pine for a place where people work and live within walking distances or short commutes of
each other and there is a sense of place and purpose. Knowing that many veterinary professionals partner with other professionals such as dentists, lawyers, and
accountants etc. – all of whom have their own careers to manage – is this wishful thinking?
Not all veterinarians can, want to, or should live locally …but the ones who do often find it rewarding.
Bottom Line: This article offers insights into veterinarians living and working locally.