"As the director of a truly independent vet practice in the UK, I wish I had written all of your blogs! I think you strike the balance between pushing for greater reward alongside the responsibility that that entails. The corporate chains in the UK are so desperate for vets that salary expectations have risen without the commensurate level of productivity/accountability etc. Value vs Worth mentality prevails. I have pointed my new grad towards your site!’
- Dr. David Kemp
"Kick Ass Vets has been helpful for me this year in more than one way. It's clear from the blog posts, and the way they are written, that the people behind Kick Ass Vets genuinely want to make our industry better, safer, and more sustainable for those of us who work in it every day. And they're doing it by writing about practical issues that we think about a lot. There are posts about how to communicate with clients, how to approach your career as a new or recent graduate and as an experienced veterinarian, and how to evaluate your worth and negotiate a raise. I used the information I read in Kick Ass Vets' blog posts to negotiate a pay rise in my current role - without this information I would not have had the knowledge or the confidence to ask for more money.
Thank you, Kick Ass Vets,
I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for you! "
"I’ve been listening to your podcast and just wanted to let you know how valuable I find it. I finally (calmly) stood up for myself to a thoroughly verbally abusive client. And I’ve finally convinced my employer to fire her. I feel empowered and awesome instead of defeated. So THANK YOU!"
"Kick Ass Vets was an amazing resource to formulate my thoughts together and come up with a list of what I am looking for in my contract renewal. I walked into my meeting with a plan, had a minimum point in mind that would be my “move on point” (anything below that number wasn’t worth staying for) and confidence because I had the numbers to back what I was asking for. My biweekly pay is now $400 higher every paycheque and I am much happier working on hourly rate - I have the chance to leave early if it’s not busy but best of all I am no longer working for free when I’m stuck at work late. Highly recommend consulting with Kick Ass Vets before any contract meeting!!! "
"As a recent graduate, the advice I received from Kick Ass Vets in regards to preparing myself for my first performance review was invaluable to me. By giving me specific ways of evaluating my own value to my clinic, I was able to feel more confident about asking my boss for the raise I thought I deserved. Kick Ass Vets' counselling also enabled me to anticipate some of the responses and reactions that I was likely to receive from my boss, which gave me time to prepare for those in advance. Overall I think this service has given me tools that I will use for the rest of my veterinary career. I would recommend this service to anyone who wants to make the most out of their performance review and especially to new grads going into their first one."
"Because of Kick Ass Vets I got the confidence to talk to my manager about time off in August and she totally understands and said it shouldn't be a problem!"
"From the perspective of a final year student going into practice I did not feel confident in structuring my resume to make me stand out as a job applicant. Kick Ass Vets gave me many valuable pointers to make my resume concise and professional but also relevant to the job I was going for. I would recommend this service to any veterinarian or veterinary student who is wanting their resume to achieve its highest potential."
"The negotiation rebuttal are very useful, I will definitely be referring to them in my near future as I undertake more interviews. I feel sometimes it is "scary" and you are made to feel "greedy" by asking for what you are worth in a position, and you have been able to articulate a much better way to break through the "smoke screens" of employers."
"I feel much more focused and empowered to advocate for myself and what I want to get out of my profession at this point in my life. I found this whole experience incredibly helpful and will definitely recommend to others. I think our profession is crying out for this type of consulting, what with the changing job market, increasing corporatization of the industry and the changing attitudes/values of veterinarians.
"I first spoke to Ann on the phone late at night in Sydney while she was working at an emergency centre and I was a locum in a new practice dealing with an abusive client! She helped me out and directed me to Kick Ass Vets for help on dealing with tough situations. Months later and applying for a full time job, her articles and webinars gave me the confidence to ask for the salary I thought I deserved, and I got it! Thank you Ann!"
"I think in a profession where there is not a great deal of mentoring or career advice, there is so much value in your consulting service - as the vet community is so small, it is actually really helpful to talk through options with someone who can be completely objective and give a more comprehensive perspective. After our conversation I felt I had some semblance of a clear plan in my mind for what next steps to take, and certainly much more optimism about the current job market and options."
"The service provided by Kick Ass Vets was exceptional. I am a locum veterinarian who needed help re-negotiating the conditions of ongoing work with my employer, including my hourly rates. Kick Ass Vets read my draft letter to my employer (which was very rough!) and promptly revised it into a professional, immaculately worded document! Catching more bees with honey, this courteous but stern proposition landed me the rates and conditions I wanted, leaving both my employer and me in better positions moving forward. If you need help with your professional negotiations, I would highly recommend Kick Ass Vets!"
"Love your posts, they're always inspiring"
- Instagram Follower
"I had my review and I was really happy with how it went. I felt I spoke confidently and got across all the points I wanted to.
My bosses were very appreciative with the feedback I gave regarding the need for more support for new grads and were impressed with the suggestions I had - so I really am thankful for your way of laying out how to present an issue and then solutions alongside it."
"Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for having such fab free resources!!! I've been loving them and have forwarded some to my management as I've been having some problems with abusive clients, Thanks so much!!!"
"Thank you so much for all that information! And I love how much more direct my resume and cover letter are, so thank you for that. Also good to know the current rates."
"Excellent Value for Money; Excellent Communication; Large increase in feeling of Confidence and Empowerment going into review; Overall a KICK ASS experience; Strongly Recommended to Colleagues; Increased financial gain by ~$11,300"
- Dr. Elizabeth
"Although I reached out to Ann for help with negotiating my salary, what she taught me during our consultation benefited me beyond just the monetary aspect of my career. In addition to learning how to confidently and accurately assess my value to a clinic, through our discussions I was provided tips on how to navigate communicating my worth, appreciating what I have in my current position, and understanding what hang ups I had regarding money discussions. Not only did I get the raise that I wanted with her help, these insights from our consultation will benefit me for the rest of my career. Ann was so encouraging and attentive throughout the entire process. Having her in my corner gave me a lot of courage to truly believe I was a kick ass vet!"
"I cannot speak highly enough of Kick Ass Vets. I recently used the consulting service when applying for new jobs. Ann is so knowledgeable about the veterinary industry. She helped me determine which job was going to suit me best, and also gave great tips on how to interview well and methods of pay negotiation. Thanks to her I now understand my value as a vet, and I was able to confidently negotiate a pay package that I feel truly reflects my worth. Ann was very supportive every step of the way - I cannot thank her enough. "
"I love the content this page puts out! Lots of good information! Thanks"
- Instagram Follower
"Personal Consulting: Excellent Value for Money, Communication & Outcome. Massive increase in the feeling of Empowerment/Value and Confidence after the consult, along with an overall feeling of being KICK ASS! When asked if you would recommend a colleague, “Literally everyone!”
“Helped me with negotiating extra CPD ($4500 instead of the standard $2000). Empowered me with skills to use for future salary negotiations (still early in my career)."
“Seeking help from Kick Ass Vets has been invaluable. It allowed me to really appreciate my own value and go into my annual review with confidence. Definitely incredibly worthwhile for someone early in their career.”"
- Dr. Emily
"Personal Consulting: Overall a KICK ASS feeling leading to a massive increase in the feeling of Empowerment/Value & Confidence. The Desired Outcome from the consult was rated Excellent along with Value for Money and Communication. When asked if you would recommend a colleague, “I’m telling everyone!”
Increased locum rates $5/hour ($10,000/year) for GP, and $10-15/hour ($20,000-$30,000/year) for ECC.
“I’m so pleased that I reached out to you. I feel so empowered to continue advocating for myself, and can’t wait to smash some career goals and do amazing medicine for my patients.” "
- Dr. Emma
"The session from start (pre-consult) to end was very welcoming and I feel comfortable to be honest about my current situation and to share my fears without feeling judged. I also had a better understanding of my value and how much more I can ask for which was a huge confidence booster. Dr. Ann was friendly and lovely throughout the entire session!"
"Thank you very much again for your advise and support. I’m very glad I contacted you and definitely would recommend you to anyone. "
"Thank you so much Ann for your amazing service, advise and feedback! I was so impressed at how targeted your guns and feedback are! You have surely opened up many windows for me to become a shelter veterinarian and have taught me what I really value to the company. THANK YOU!"
- Dr. Juliana
"Thanks so much Ann. This is so helpful!"
"Overall, it was a real pleasure speaking with Ann and getting her feedback in regards to my situation. I felt like I definitely have a lot more clarity and an overall game plan moving forward. Prior to the session, I really did feel like I was going in an endless loop trying to figure out what I should do and just overall tossing up back and forth. After going through everything, I know what I will be looking for in my next job and what are my absolute deal breakers. Overall, would 100% recommend seeking advice from Ann :)"
"Thank you Ann for giving me the confidence to leave my job and helping me understand my value. It was great to be able to chat through my career options, it felt like I was talking to a friend who really had my back. :)"
"Increased salary by $25,000.
Thank you for all the time you put into our meetings. I was struggling with a lot of loneliness and feeling depreciated, undervalues, overworked and no escape. After only just one consultation with you, I went from understanding my current contract, what I am worth, my options moving forward (tailored especially for me), gave me the fire I needed to confront some very large issues within my self and also voice my worth including asking for a raise in my well earned salary, skills and tactics to use in future interviews but most of all that change starts with us and not with the industry. Ever step we make shows some one else that you are the strong person for believing in your self and valuing what you have worked hard to achieve and you are not alone. "
- Dr. Nikkita