Frequently Asked Questions in General

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


Since the CA Supreme Court decision of April 2018 which effectively reclassified all relief veterinarians as temporary employees, numerous worker exemption categories have now been excluded from the original CA Supreme Court's decision (see the next paragraph). However an individual whose work meets the exemption requirements is not automatically an independent contractor. Rather, the relief veterinarian whose work meets the exemptions means that the ABC test does not apply, but the hiring hospital must still be able to demonstrate that the doctor's independent contractor status is appropriate under the previous statutory provisions (the 'economic reality tests). In general, however, the add-on exemptions apply to veterinarians, physicians, surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, lawyers, and other professionals. We have recommended and continue to do so that it is important that relief veterinarians create their own corporation or LLC.

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

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! the App, is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store.

How do I contact you?

In small print at the bottom of each web page click on the 'contact us' hyperlink. You may email us, text or voice mail to 949-899-VETS(8387).

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 is assigned a new sequential job ID number. When a veterinarian bids to work one any of the job's dates, the doctor's bid is assigned a separate, new, and sequential Bid ID number.

What is the Difference between a Bid and a Job?

Hospitals post jobs, while Veterinarians Bid on hospitals' 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 may Not 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 its Success or 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..