Benefits of Being a Veterinary Locum

There are many benefits of being a veterinary locum that you may not have were you permanently employed, although a permanent position offers you the security of a regular income every month. Nevertheless, as a veterinary locum you can accept the vacancies that suit your needs and move somewhere else when the person you are standing in for returns.

Veterinary locums may be needed when the regular vet is on holiday or ill, and can be employed by a practice for any period from a few days to several months. Some locums are taken on by a practice in busy periods and might be offered a permanent position should one be available. What are the main benefits of being a veterinary locum?

One is that you are not tied to a particular practice, and can travel around as you wish. You may find a practice that appeals to you, and you can keep an eye out for any permanent work there or in the same area. Accommodation is generally provided, and some practices will even put you up in a small hotel or a local bed and breakfast.

You will be able to register as self-employed, and while you would then be responsible for your own tax returns and National Insurance, you have the benefit of being able to claim all expenses against tax. This also benefits the practice by reducing their employment expenses. The type of expense you can offset against tax includes any equipment or clothing you require to carry out your job as a veterinary locum, ant temporary living expenses and travel in connection with your work.

There are other employment alternatives that your practice may request, such as you being put temporarily onto their payroll or working through an umbrella company that pays you and your taxes and then bills the practice, or you could also set yourself up as a private limited company.

If you find a Locum Vet Job in a large practice or one covering wide rural areas, you may be provided with a vehicle to use in the course of your work. Some practices will allow you to use that for private use, although be careful with the tax situation because if it seen as a benefit that comes with the job, you may have to pay tax on the benefit. If you use your own car, you will normally be paid an agreed mileage allowance. In many cases, this is a better deal than being provided with a practice car, particularly if you already have your own car for travelling around.

A major benefit of being a veterinary locum is that you get experience in a variety of clinical environments, working with a wide range of animals and carrying out a variety of procedures. This will look good on your CV, and could make it progressively easier for you to find more locum work or even a permanent position.

Many vets prefer the freedom that locum work offers, being able to travel around and have the freedom to go on holiday or to study when you wish. However, the price of this flexibility is that you do not have a guaranteed income each month, so planning for the future is difficult and you must keep on top of your taxes, National Insurance, professional insurances and memberships.

Other than these, however, the benefits of being a veterinary locum are worthwhile and the work is rewarding, either as a surgeon or a veterinary nurse, and many people prefer it, at least for a while or when reaching the end of their careers and wish less rigid working hours.

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