Simple, accessible and accredited teaching, toolkits and support to help you thrive in your career as a veterinarian. This community is for all veterinary associates who wish find success and happiness in their work.
VetX:Thrive exists because we believe being a vet can and should be the best job ever. But we also know that the challenges you face in practice each day can take their toll and leave you feeling burned out or disenfranchised. The reality is that being a vet is also a hard job and the clinical training you received at vet school is simply not enough to ensure a great career.
In fact, there is another skill set that is so much more important. The non-clinical skills (or life skills as we call them) are things like emotional intelligence, the smarts to say the right word and the right time, the ability to manage your time. These, and many besides are the skills that will provide you with the foundation for a happy and healthy career as a vet.
VetX:Thrive teaches these skills exclusively. But this is so much more than an educational platform. This is a toolkit where you will have access to templates, frameworks and worksheets to help you build and execute your plan. Plus you'll be part of a global support network - a place of positive encouragement.
And finally, you'll be learning in a RACE and Vetted accredited community where you can get 12 hours of structured education credit.
What You'll Learn
VetX:Thrive combines teaching, practical tools and live group mentoring and community support into one experience so you can develop your skills effectively and safely with your peers.
At the heart of the VetX:Thrive program are our outstanding non-clinical skills training modules and associated toolkits. A recognised expert in their field delivers each session. These training modules build consecutively to teach you the tools, mental judo and skills essential to your success and happiness. You can find the full training schedule below.
As a VetX:Thrive community member you'll receive
Accredited Training Modules
There are over 15 hours of world-class training modules with RACE & VetEd accreditation which tackle subjects in easily manageable chunks.
Templates and Worksheets
Each module comes with a supporting tool, framework and quiiz to help you to easily implement the strategies you learn. So you can start winning immediatly
Mentoring & Support
Through our online community & mentoring sessions, we'll keep you on track to meet your goals. We'll celebrate the wins and help overcome your struggles.
Welcome To VetX
VetX 1: Planning Your Career & Smashing F.E.A.R
VetX 2: How To Be A Healthy Happy Vet. Avoid Burnout And Build Resilience
VetX 3: The Secret Equation To The Art Of Persuasion
VetX 4: The Matrix Is Real - How To Create Time And Use It Wisely
VetX 5: Breaking Bad - Why Ego is Your Enemy
VetX 6: Emotional Intelligence 101
VetX 7: Take Charge of Your Happy – Positive Psychology and How it Can Help You
VetX 8: Negotiation - how to get what you want and keep everyone happy
VetX 9: Becoming A Great Clinical and Personal Leader
VetX 10: Money Mastery
VetX 11: Find Your Home – how to find and get the right job for you.
VetX 12: Personal brands in practice and how building one can help you.
The Mentor Vault
Inspiration Station: Resources and Reading
A User Guide to The VetX:Thrive Community Site by Dr Dave Nicol
READ ME: A User Guide to the VetX: Thrive Community Site
The VetX Community Values
VetX Mentoring Dates & Times 2023
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R - Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R. Part 1: Human Needs. What We Need To Be Happy.
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R Part 2A: Goal Setting and Values. How To Achieve The Career You Always Wanted.
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R Part 2B: Goal Setting And Values - How You Achieve Your Dreams
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R Part 3: The Imposter, The Perfectionist And The FEAR
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R Part 4: F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real
VetX 1: My Career Plan Toolkit
Planning Your Career And Smashing The F.E.A.R Quiz
Avoiding Burnout & Build Resilience - Synopsis & Learning Objectives
How To Be A Healthy Happy Vet, Part 1A: What is Burnout?
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet, Part 1B: Story Telling
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet, Part 1C: Crazy Humans
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet, Part 2: Signs Of Burnout
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet, Part 3A: Happy Healthy Vet
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet, Part 3B: Happy Healthy Vet continued
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet, Part 4: Emotional Firefighting Techniques
VetX 2: Beat Your Inner Imposter & Resilience Builder Toolkit
How To Be A Happy Healthy Vet Quiz
The Secret Equation To The Art Of Persuasion - Synopsis and Learning Objectives
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 1A: The Top 4 Mistakes Vets Make
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 1B: Identify Your Vet Persona
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 2: Humans Of Veterinary Medicine aka Whats On The End Of The Leash
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 3A: The 7 Elements To A Perfect Appointment. Building Rapport.
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 3B: The 7 Elements To A Perfect Appointment Elements 1&2
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 3C: The 7 Elements To A Perfect Appointment Elements 3 - 7
The Secret Equation Of The Art Of Persuasion, Part 4: Playtime
VetX 3: Your Exam Room Technique Toolkit & Workbook
The Secret Equation To The Art Of Persuasion Quiz
The Matrix Is Real. How To Create Time And Use It Wisely - Synopsis & Learning Objectives
How To Create Time And Use It Wisely Part 1: The Matrix Is Real
The Matrix Is Real, Part 2: Unplug. Create More Space For The Good Stuff.
The Matrix Is Real, Part 3: Reboot - 5 Habits To Change Your Life
The Matrix Is Real, Part 4A: Create More Time With In Clinic Tactics
The Matrix Is Real, Part 4B: In Clinic Tactics continued
VetX 4: My Time Management Toolkit
The Matrix Is Real Quiz
Breaking Bad - Why Ego Is Your Enemy - Synopsis & Learning Objectives
Breaking Bad - Why Ego Is Your Enemy, Part 1: Ego. A Gigantic Pain In The Butt
Breaking Bad - Why Ego Is Your Enemy, Part 2: The Disease Of Ego. Problem Points - Dreams, Success, Failure.
Breaking Bad - Why Ego Is Your Enemy, Part 3: Antidotes To Ego- How Do You Keep It Under Control?
VetX 5: Manage Your Ego Toolkit
Breaking Bad - Why Ego Is Your Enemy Quiz
Emotional Intelligence 101 - Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Emotional Intelligence: Part 1 - What is EQ?
Emotional Intelligence: Part 2 - Improving Your EQ
Emotional Intelligence: Part 3 - Practical Ways To Improve Your EQ
Emotional Intelligence: Part 4 -Improving Your Access To The Most Useful Emotions
Emotional Intelligence Toolkit
Emotional Intelligence 101 Quiz
Module Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Take Charge Of Your Happy: Part 1 - What Is Positive Psychology?
Take Charge Of Your Happy: Part 2- Proof That Positivity Is Good For You (& how to get there)
Take Charge Of Your Happy: Part 3A - Steps To Happiness
Take Charge Of Your Happy: Part 3B - Steps To Happiness (continued)
Postive Psychology Toolkit
Take Charge Of Your Happy Quiz
Module Synopsis and Learning Objectives
The Subtle Art Of Negotiation: Part 1 - What Is Negotiation?
The Subtle Art Of Negotiation: Part 2 - Negotiating With Your Boss
The Subtle Art Of Negotiation: Part 3 - Negotiating For Resources, With Colleagues And Patients
The Subtle Art of Negotiation: Part 4- Negotiations That Are Closer To Home
The Subtle Art Of Negotiation: Part 5 - Key Principles For Great Outcomes
VetX 8: Negotiate Like A Pro Toolkit
Module Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Becoming A Great Leader: Part 1 - WTF is Leadership?
Becoming A Great Leader: Part 2 - Leadership Principles and Values
Becoming A Great Leader: Part 3 - Objectives, Executing The Plan and Trust
Becoming A Great Leader: Part 4 - Personas, Blame Culture and Six To Fix
Becoming A Great Leader: Part 5 - The Engaged Team
VetX 9: Personal Leadership Scorecard
Personal Leadership Quiz
Module Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Money Mastery: Part 1A - Money In Practice
Money Mastery: Part 1B - Money In Practice
Money Mastery: Part 2 - Personal Budgeting
Money Mastery: Part 3 - How To Retire Before 90
Money Mastery: Part 4 - The Final A-HA!
VetX 10: Budget Planner Toolkit
Money Mastery Quiz
Module Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Find Your Home: Part 1- Planning Your Career
Find Your Home: Part 2A- Human Needs and Finding Your Superpowers
Find Your Home: Part 2B - Assessing Your Options and Building Your Practice Avatar
Find Your Home: Part 3: Negotiating A Good Deal (For All)
Find Your Home Toolkit
Find Your Home Quiz
Module Synopsis and Learning Objectives
Personal Branding for Vets - Why Should You Even Bother?
Personal Brands In Practice And How Building One Can Help You
Personal Brand Starter Toolkit
Personal Branding Quiz
How Do I Integrate Goal Setting In A Mixed Practice?
How Do I Manage Being A Manager And A Vet?
What Happens If I Can't Justify Euthanasia?
What Happens If An Owner is Resisting Necessary Euthanasia?
What Do You Do When You Don't Know Anything?! (with emphasis on exotics)
How Do I Make Sure I Don't Miss Anything Critical?
How Do I Correct A Colleague?
How Do I Stay On Course To Achieve My Objectives?
How Do I Keep My Consult Time Down?
How Do I Pick Myself Up After A Bad Day?
How Do I Not Bring Cases Home With Me But Continue To Learn?
How Can We Improve Communication Between Our Teams?
Case Study: Unexpected Death Under Anaesthetic
What Happens When There's No Opportunity To Make Things Better With Clients?
How Do I Implement Procedure To Minimise Clinical Errors?
How Do We Keep Staff At Our Practice?
How Do You Change Bad Culture In A Practice?
How Do I Manage Difficulties With My Colleagues?
How Do I Get Off To A Good Start In A New Practice?
When's The Right Time To Leave My First Job?
Do You Have Any Coping Strategies For Putting Down Animals You Are Invested In?
I'm Buying A Clinic But Still In My Old Job And Have A Review Coming Up- How Do I Break The News?
What Do I Do If I'm Struggling To Make A Decision?
How Do I Go About Getting The Right Job When I Just Want A Job?!
I've Done My DISC Profile, Now What?
Help! I May Have Spread Myself Too Thin. How Do I Focus On Developing My Skills?
European Mentoring 24.04.19
European Mentoring Part 1 27.06.19
European Mentoring Part 2 27.06.19
USA mentoring 03.07.19
Australian Mentoring Part 1 10.07.19
Australian Mentoring Part 2 10.07.19
European mentoring 25.07.19
European mentoring 29.08.19
European Mentoring 24.10.19
USA Mentoring 6.11.19
Australia Mentoring 13.11.19
European Mentoring 28.11.19
USA Mentoring 4.12.19
Europe Mentoring 18.12.19
USA Mentoring 8.01.20
Australian Mentoring 15.01.20
Europe Mentoring 23.01.20
USA Mentoring 05.02.20
Australian Mentoring 12.02.20
Europe Mentoring 11.03.20
Australian Mentoring 11.03.20
Europe Mentoring 26.03.20
Europe Mentoring April 2020
Australian Mentoring April 2020
North America Mentoring May 2020
Australian Mentoring May 2020
Europe Mentoring May 2020
North America Mentoring June 2020
Australian Mentoring June 2020
Europe Mentoring June 2020
North America Mentoring July 2020
Australia Mentoring July 2020
Europe Mentoring July 2020
North America Mentoring August 2020
Australia Mentoring August 2020
Europe Mentoring August 2020
North America Mentoring September 2020
Australia Mentoring September 2020
Europe Mentoring September 2020
Australia Mentoring October 2020
Europe Mentoring October 2020
North America Mentoring November 2020
Europe Mentoring November 2020
Europe Mentoring December 2020
North America Mentoring January 2021
Australia Mentoring Session February 2021
North America Mentoring February 2021
Europe Mentoring February 2021
North America Mentoring March 2021
Europe Mentoring March 2021
Australia Mentoring March 2021
North America Mentoring April 2021
Australia Mentoring April '21
Europe Mentoring April'21
North America Mentoring May'21
Europe Mentoring May'21
Recognising Risk and Reducing Suicide In Veterinary Professionals with Dr Nadine Hamilton
Meet Your Mentor with Dr Katie Ford
Meet Your Mentor with Dr Steve Noonan
Rockstar Session: Dr Mary Gardner
Rockstar Session: Dr Sheilah Robertson
Dentistry with Dr Andy Perry
Oxygen Therapy with Dr Gerardo Poli
End Of Life Care with Dr Mary Gardner
Turning Pain Into Gain: Lameness Assessment Simplified with Professor Stuart Carmichael
How to have a device and keep sane - Be More Snail - Part 1
How to have a device and keep sane - Be More Snail - Part 2
Rockstar Session: Staying Positive In Times Of Challenge - PERMA with Joshua French
Rockstar Session: Dr Marge Chandler - Exam Room Skills, Busting The Food Myths And Internet Hype
Rockstar Session: Dr Steve Noonan March 2020
How To Deal With Stress, Anxiety and Manage Your Fear In Times Of Great Uncertainty
Rockstar Session: Swimming Against the Tide - Dr Mary Gardner
House Band: Investing In You - Dr Katie Ford
Timewreck Time Managers
Helping Owners Asses Quality of Life and Make End of Life Decisions - Dr Mary Gardner
Mapping the Euthanasia Appointment - Dr Mary Gardner
Conflict Resolution with Pet Owners - Debra Hamilton
Managing Dogs and Demons - Dr Steve Noonan
Dashboards & Data - Paolo Lencioni
Time Management - Dr Dave Nicol
Post COVID-19: Embracing change and fostering optimism - Dr Lori Kogan
Boundaries and Healthy Habits - Dr Lori Kogan
Dealing With Imposter Syndrome - Dr Lori Kogan
The VetX Recommended Reading List
YouTube To Get You Rockin'
Mindfulness Resources And Exercises
Improve Your Life as a Vet Ebook
Managing Your Debt & Building Your Wealth with Fritz Wood CPA
Your Complimentary Digital Copy of "So You're A Vet...Now What?"
How To Pay Off Your Student Debt in Five Years with Dr Meredith Bailey Jones
Meet Your Mentors
Dr Steve Noonan
"Happiness & positivity are contagious such that we can become an epi-center of positivity, radiating & infecting those around us"
Dr Shibly Mustapha
"There's a fast way & slow way to get where you want to be. Drawing on the experience of other successful people is one of the fast ways"
Dr Dave Nicol
"The world is never going to change just because you think it should. You are the change, so become what you want to world to be more like"
Why Join VetX:Thrive
Career objectives and planning
Positive mindset training
World class mentors
Supportive global peer network
Career success toolkits
What community members say
Dr Michael Fontano
"I like VetX:Thrive because feel like I still have a network of peers available to me instead of me being on my own."
Dr Charlotte Dawson
"Each area we have covered in VetX:Thrive has taught me something new I can carry confidently to incorporate at work."
Dr Helen O'Kelly
"Since joining VetX:Thrive, I feel in a safer and happier place, where I have a mentor and a group of friends for support."
A low cost monthly payment. (we welcome members from all over the world).
How is VetX:Thrive different from other veterinary support services?
VetX Thrive is the only place you will find the educational content Dr Dave Nicol has created. It's tailored specifically to the veterinary associates and has helped hundreds, if not thousands of vets like you to enjoy their work.
Secondly, VetX:Thrive toolkits and worksheets are the mechanism whereby you take knowledge and put it into practice. This is not some theory driven course, it's a community that is serious about helping you connect with and love your work.
VetX:Thrive is the home of online mentoring. And all of our mentors have three things. Huge experience in practice and as coaches. Plus, they all want the same thing, to help vets like you have a great career.
Finally, we offer an easy to access, accredited solution to your challenges all at a great price.
Do I get any CE/CPD points for my membership in the community?
Absolutely. Members can submit a minimum of 12 hours of approved CE/CPD as part of their membership.
How do the live mentoring sessions work?
Our live sessions are primarily for helping you to achieve your objectives. So we encourage you to submit your challenge ahead of time so your mentor can prepare you the best answer possible. During our live sessions, all community members can attend and listen. We find this to be very useful as many of the challenges faced by members are shared. So you can easily apply what someone is learning to your own issue. Successful questions receive 10-20 minutes of one2one coaching in the group meeting room. Fellow members will be able to attend and learn from the answer to your question. Questions are handled on a first come, first served basis, but we do prioritise “emergency” questions if necessary. Our live events are held in a secure online meeting room. You will receive a link to this meeting room which you can attend using your computer, phone or tablet. Recordings of all live events are available to listen again in the membership area.
Can I join at any point in the year?
Yes, our systems open up access to our monthly non-clinical skills training modules automatically from the date of admission. Plus, on registration, you’ll have instant access to all our back catalogue of recordings and the Facebook community.
How long does my VetX:Thrive membership last?
If you opt for a 12-month membership, then you will have access to all of the community content and Facebook group for 365 days. The option to extend your membership should wish to remain a member will be given. If you select a monthly payment option, your subscription will be payable for a minimum of 12 months, but it will continue until you tell us you no longer wish to be part of the community.
What happens if I want to cancel my membership?
All members can try the community risk-free for the first 30 days of their membership. If, during this time, you decide the community does not meet your needs, then just let us know, and we will arrange a prompt refund. After this period has elapsed, you will be committed to a minimum of a further 11 months. (We are very confident though that you will love being a member and see the enormous value in being part of this remarkable group.) After your initial 12 month membership period, if you wish to cancel you will merely have to give us a one-month notice.
Can I remain a member if I move jobs or countries?
We are pleased for you to remain a member regardless of your role or location on planet earth. How this works is very much between the person who pays for the course and you. So, we recommend a discussion with your previous or new employer, so your access is unimpeded. Remember, many practices will happily fund your place in VetX:Thrive as it offers incredible value for money in reaching the required CE/CPD hours. We can be very flexible to meet your needs; email us for help.
I’m over five years qualified, is VetX:Thrive still of value to me?
Yes, yes, yes! We have members who have been vets for more than 30 years! If this is you, then you also have an abundant life experience to share with the VetX:Thrive community, and we would welcome you with open arms. We believe that non-clinical skills, support and networking should be available to all.
Do you teach any clinical skills in the VetX:Thrive community?
No, our Rockstar Sessions might have a clinical flavour. But the core of the community are the foundational non-clinical or life skills because we believe these to be the determinants of success and happiness in practice.
As a member you'll score this sweet merch!
So You're A Vet...Now What
Dr Dave's best selling book that helps new graduate vets to thrive, not just survive. Valued at $14.95 a paperback copy will wing its way to you as a member. Sweet!
VetX Official Beanie
Black polyester-mix with embroidered logo. The VetX beanie is the best thing to keep your brain warm this year. Valued at $9.95 shipped free as a member. Nice :)
The Exclusive VetX Laptop Sticker
Decorate your laptop and be the envy of your peers with this high-quality vinyl print sticker.
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