Frequently Asked Questions in General


Are you all affected by the independent contractor California changes? What will become of relief vets?

The CA Supreme Court decision of April 2018 closed-down self-employed relief veterinarians by invoking a very restrictive 'ABC Test' when determining a worker's employment status. Since then (September 2019) there have been some exemptions, health care service providers may be considered as exempted from applying the strict ABC Test in determining their independent contractor vs. employee status. Be that as it may in lieu of the ABC Test the previously known 'economic reality tests' are then used to determine an exempted worker's employment classification. This has proven difficult in the past as well.

We have suggested that relief veterinarians incorporate themselves in the hopes that they would be construed as employees of their own corporation or LLC.

What will become of relief vets? Nothing has changed, veterinarians are still sought for relief work. The caveat is that some hospitals will only hire relief doctors as temporary employees.

Am I restricted from accepting relief work or employment independently from VetRelief.com?

No, however our user agreement restricts you from acting as an online 'referral service' or 'employment agency' where you might compete against VetRelief and provide veterinarians other than yourself to any veterinary facility.
Learn more: our agreement.

How do I close my account?

Login and click on the My Account menu. Select Email Setting, click on Edit then click on Unsubscribe.

Do you have a mobile or cell phone accessible website?

Yes! Relief veterinarians download **The VetRelief.com App, AVAILABLE IN THE APP STORE & GOOGLE PLAY.*** Just search "VetRelief.com".

How do I contact you?

In small print at the bottom of each web page click on the 'contact us' hyperlink.

How do I find previously confirmed bids?

Login to your account. Select the Bids and Schedule menu then click on View Past Schedule.

Why are there a bid id# and a job id #?

When hospitals post their jobs, each job consists of desired relief dates. Each job is assigned a sequential job ID number. When a veterinarian bids to work one or more of the job's dates the doctor's bid is assigned a separate and sequential Bid ID.

What is the difference between a bid and a job?

Hospitals post jobs, while veterinarians bid on their jobs. As a consequence then it is possible that a job may exist even if no doctor bids on the hospital's job. However a doctor's bid cannot exist without being associated to a job.

What is this going to cost?

There is no charge for Relief Doctors to create an account and bid on jobs.
A hospital is under no obligation to hire a veterinarian who bid on their job, and likewise the relief doctor is under no obligation to accept a hospital's employment offer either. Hospitals pay VetRelief.com its Service Fee only when both parties agree to terms and work together. Keeping in mind that both the hospital and the doctor make the decision to work together, veterinary facilities are welcomed to create an account, post their jobs, meet and interview candidates if mutually agreeable. Only when both the veterinarian and the veterinary facility schedule and work dates together does the hospital owe/pay our Service Fee.
Sound fair? If so then learn more: Our Terms, Site Services, and Service Fee..