Frequently Asked Questions
by Relief Veterinarians
The first step is to create an account.
- Login to your account.
- Select the Available Jobs, from the main menu bar. Click on Browse Relief or Permanent Jobs.
- For more details click on one of the job's date.
- To create a Bid scroll down and check boxes to indicate your availability.
- Click Continue Bid.
- Enter your fee and select daily, hourly, total, or other.
- Enter any questions or prerequisites in the comments section of the bid form.
- Submit Bid.
No, our user agreement counters against 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.
What are the relief veterinarian's obligations to VetRelief when additional work or employment is offered from a referred hospital?
Your main obligation is to inform and updated us when you schedule additional work
at a hospital where we referred you. As a courtesy we will email you a reminder
Learn more: our agreement.
In general bids should always be welcomed. However make a note in the comment section of the bid form indicating your limitations.
Either way is fine. We prefer that you confirm via the web site whenever possible.
First, don't do anything. Let us try and unwind the upcoming work dates. We will post a back-up project/job and try to find someone else. If we find another doctor there may be a difference in fees. You may be liable for breach of contract if your employment relationship was not 'at will'.
To derive a reasonable introductory fee consider your interpersonal skills, your income generation abilities, medical and surgical experience, and your professional demeanor. Hospitals located in metropolitan areas pay more than those in rural zones but usually expect a doctor to generate more income. You should also consider whether the time period is during a peak relief season such as holidays, summer, or during a major veterinary conference.
I bid for relief work but have not received a reply. How do you know if the job or project has already been covered? Who informs me if my bid is not accepted?
VetRelief will follow-up and notify you of our progress and the outcome of your bid. In the meantime bid on other jobs or projects. Do not wait for a reply! Locate the job using its id#. If it is still listed then it is considered an active job or project and still open to bids.
You are not negotiating from a position of strength. If you want to gain their attention and put your foot in their door give them your special introductory rate first. You will gain negotiating strength after youíve worked at the hospital, when they ask you to work there again.
Yes, and so can you. However when the schedule is changed, negotiations are re-opened. Meaning to say you are no longer bound to the original agreement and schedule. When you and the hospital accept the newer changes then the agreement is in effect once again.
Here's our recommendation for a traveling vet: Well ahead of your travel plans bid on jobs. You may have to alert a hospital that your bid is conditioned upon you successfully scheduling a critical number of work dates. Once you've scheduled enough shifts traveling becomes profitable. Finally and along these same lines new jobs or projects are constantly being posted to the web site. You may still bid on newer jobs or projects that are complementary to your confirmed schedule and travel plans.
Access to relief work or employment that may compliment your life-style. Relief work depends upon where you are licensed, your availability, interpersonal relations, income generation capabilities, and clinical skills. To get started create an account. There is no obligation to do so.
Great question! Learn more: download the Relief Vet Handbook
Yes, do an Internet search for the veterinary state board of interest. Also the AVMA devotes a section in their membership book and on their web site for state veterinary boards and their respective requirements.
The first time you login you'll be presented with our agreement. Read it. To accept our agreement click the checkbox and then click on the I accept button. The next time you login the page will no longer appear.
Email us your last name. We will email your login name and a temporary password. It is not necessary to login to download a copy of the Relief Vet Handbook.
You are not seeing any jobs or projects because there are none currently posted in your area.
To derive a reasonable INTRODUCTORY fee the main considerations are your interpersonal skills, income generation capabilities, medical and surgical experience, as well as your professional demeanor. Secondarily you may want to factor-in if the relief coverage is needed during vacation or holiday seasons or a major conference.
Yes, and you may bid on other jobs or projects. When one of your bids is accepted, the conflicting bids will be automatically notified and withdrawn.
Before I bid on a job/project what kind of neighborhood it is and am I going to be alone at anytime?
When you bid on a job or project we provide a general comments section in the bid form. Enter your prerequisite questions regarding the hospital. Also we encourage you to visit a facility during the bid/acceptance period to further evaluate its suitability. [ top ]
Call or send them an itemized invoice explaining any expenses
you've incurred to uphold your commitment. If you have turned down other work ASK
for some remuneration. If no response or a good-faith offer is not forthcoming you may
have to resort to small claims court for recourse.
Use the website to check a bid's status. When VetRelief is notified of a cancellation at minimum we will immediately post a message and email you a cancellation alert.
The answer is complicated and beyond the scope of these faqs. First off it depends upon your employment relationship. It is important that the employment status is defined clearly ahead of time. If you are hired as an employee then you may be terminated 'at will'. If you are hired as an independent contractor then you may seek recourse through small claims court.
Negotiate their employment offer. During their search for permanent part-time
associates, hospital's hire relief veterinarians.
It is also common for relief doctors to accept additional work as well as a permanent
position through their relief contacts. You agree to notify us of any new arrangement
and schedule with this hospital. Upon notification you are released from any
financial obligation to us.
Learn more: our agreement.
Yes, you may modify or withdraw a pending bid. Simply post a bid memo. [ top ]
When you create a bid enter your provisions into the comments section of the bid form.
Until a hospital responds to your bid, you are free bid on other jobs.
Once a hospital accepts your bid, then yes you are obligated and agreements are
drawn confirming the bid. [
Yes, if the relief veterinarian is in business for himself. The requirements for a business license vary from town to town. Check the web site of your town. [ top
There are no guarantees. However, we provide written contracts stating the specifics of your agreement: fees, work dates, when and where payment is to be sent. In addition an invoice is prepared in your name and presented on your behalf to the hospital.
Payment of fees should be discussed after a bid is accepted and before the project
or job schedule begins. When you first initiate contact with the hospital during the course
of that conversation a well-timed' when may I expect payment?' should be all that
Also provide the hospital with an invoice and a W-9 form.
Learn more: W-9 form
If you withdraw your bid and then work the date inform us. However you should leave your bid as-is based on the fact that you learned of the opening from our website,