Frequently Asked Questions
by Hospitals and Clinics

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

No. However our user agreement restricts you from acting as an online 'referral service' competing against by referring veterinarians 'other than yourself' to any veterinary facility.
Learn more: our agreement.

How to post a Job

The first step is to create a hospital account, then follow the steps listed below or check-out this graphic.

What are your terms and fees when our hospital hires a relief veterinarian?

Learn more: Our Terms, Site Services, and Service Fee.

When should the hospital pay

An invoice for our service fee will be sent to you AFTER the veterinarian works.

Are doctors' references provided to the hospitals to assist their hiring decisions?

We provide you access to the contact information for as many as five of a doctor's most recent referrals through To review a Doctor's References and Credentials Check out this graphic on how to respond to a doctor's bid.

Are the relief doctors who bid on my job licensed to practice in my state?

Yes, the relief doctors that bid on your job claim to be licensed in your state. The web site only displays jobs to veterinarians with compatible licenses. In addition the web site provides you with a link to check a doctor's license too.

Why hire a relief doctor for my hospital when I prefer to hire an associate?

There are more doctor-candidates searching for relief work and relief work is key for meaningful introductions to employable veterinarians. For many practices hiring a relief vet is the first step in filling a permanent associate position.

We are interested in hiring for our new clinic. What do you suggest?

Create an account and post your employment opportunity. Post a relief job to run concurrently with the permanent one to attract even more interested candidates.

I was a relief veterinarian. Now I own a clinic. What do I have to do to hire a relief veterinarian?

Create a new account for your clinic. Let the web site walk you through registering your clinic and posting a job to hire a relief doctor.

Once my hospital accepts a relief doctor's bid how do we know if they are still available?

When you accepted the veterinarian's bid, the relief doctor was notified to reaffirm his/her acceptance.

If I hire a relief veterinarian and then our vacation plans are disrupted, may I cancel the doctor?

Cancellations are handled on a case per case basis. Our position is that good faith cancellations are a cost of doing business. Good faith cancellations made months prior to the first work date should not pose a problem. A good faith cancellation made one month prior should fall under a 'no harm no foul' rule. Meaning to say if the canceled relief date(s) can be offered or recaptured somewhere else, then no other special consideration is required (no harm no foul). A good faith cancellation made week(s) prior or last minute should receive some re-numeration. This is especially relevant when relief work offered to the doctor by another facility was turned down in order to honor their committed to your dates.

Our hospital received a bid at the last minute. Are we obligated to accept this bid? Do we owe VetRelief for finding someone?

You are not obligated to accept the bid. You do not incur a charge from VetRelief until you hire someone. Consequently, there would be no charge.

How much do you charge when my hospital hires a relief veterinarian? How much do you charge when my hospital hires the relief veterinarian as an associate?

Our service fee for either arrangement is the same. In addition our service fee is accrued regardless of mediating conditions like which party instigated the arrangement, the terms of hire or employment, if there was a prior existing relationship between you, or even if they buy your practice or an equity relationship ensues.
Learn more: Our Terms, Site Services, and Service Fee..

Our Clinic accepted a doctor's bid but can not find the bid.

Login and go to the Bids and Schedule menu. Click on View pending bids or enter the Bid id#.

Our hospital received a bid from a doctor who has worked here before. We don't want to hire them again.

Reply to their bid with a simple 'no thank you'. Following that you may mismatch them to your hospital. A mismatch prevents them from viewing any future jobs you may post. As a result they may no longer bid on your jobs.

Do you have any veterinarians in my area?

Probably, but in order to increase the number of candidates willing to work in your area, we recommend that you post a relief job and a permanent one.

How to attract more bids to a hospital's relief job?

If accommodations are available offer them. The one sure-fire way to attract interested veterinarians is to offer a monetary incentive. Our Terms, Site Services, and Service Fee.