A Day in the Life with Nicky Bowden
There are a wide variety of roles within agriculture and the vet industry. Read on to hear from Nicky Bowden, a non-clinical vet with Nantwich Farm Vets.
What is your typical morning routine?
My husband and I have two small children so generally my early morning is pretty chaotic trying to get everyone out of the house to work, nursery/school. When I get into work, I try to make the time to go round the office to say good morning to everyone, it’s much nicer to start the day with a friendly hello.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Pretending I’m organised!
What’s the first thing you look at in the morning on your phone?
The time! I love having a job that lets me fit childcare around, but I am generally always clock watching to make sure I get to work or pick up on time.
What do you do in your job at Nantwich Farm Vets?
I am a non-clinical vet in a team of 17 farm only vets, my job is mainly about supporting the clinical team in their work with our clients. I get involved with office-based tasks such as vaccine reminders and sorting out herd health plans as well as working closely with our team of support staff. I also organise our farmer training, look after our social media and I am working on how we market ourselves.
What one key challenge have you had in your career, and how did you overcome it?
One of my biggest challenges was when I was 6 years out of vet school, and I realised that I wasn’t enjoying being a clinical vet. I loved working with farmers but hated the TB testing. Becoming a vet had been my life for all my teenage years and to think I had wasted all of that was horrible. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to find other roles where I could use my veterinary degree and the skills I had. Firstly, with DairyCo/AHDB where I learnt lots about knowledge exchange and then as part of a global pharmaceutical company. Now at Nantwich Farm Vets, I feel like I have come full circle bringing the skills I learned in the industry back into clinical practice.
Best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring youngster wanting to get into the industry?
Focus on what skills you have and what you enjoy. Don’t be scared to leave a job if it’s not right for you.
Your favourite thing to do when not working?
I love being outside, either exploring somewhere with my family or trying to keep on top of my garden and vegetable patch.
Best piece of business advice?
Communication is key to everything. I have been lucky to do a fair bit of training on communication skills and would highly recommend it in any business sector.
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