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Being a veterinarian is rewarding, yes, but being a relief vet opens up doors that you may not have even thought of. Amidst a career in veterinary medicine (to which destiny played a part), Dr. Brij Gupta is passionate about making financial freedom possible, about utilizing passive income to allow your money work for you. His career in relief medicine has expanded those ideas, and he would LOVE to share his knowledge while working in your clinic. Texas, message him fast!
What inspired you to become a veterinarian?
I have loved science since my childhood, and as I grew up, my attraction to science grew further and turned into the love of medicine. The love of science and medicine and my destiny connected me with veterinary medicine!!
What roles have you had within the veterinary profession? How about outside of this industry?
I have always worked as lead veterinarian and enjoyed it. I would like to take a leadership role such as regional medical director within the industry. Outside of industry, I provide consultation to several clients for various veterinary industries such as food products, pet supplements, and pharmaceutical companies.
What made you switch to relief practice?
I was totally burned out with corporate practice and needed change. I also wanted to explore independent businesses to learn more about the business aspects of the veterinary industry. Also, I desperately needed freedom and flexibility in my life which comes as a relief vet.
What is your most memorable relief job?
I am currently working in a clinic with a terrific and skilled staff who know to work in a collaborative fashion with an excellent practice manager. I am presented with all the tools to practice great medicine while being relatively closer to home with an ideal schedule.
How do you feel that relief practice supports the veterinary profession as a whole?
I believe that relief practice is a mainstream part of our veterinary profession that helps to solve some of the problems ingrained in our profession. With prevalent burnout among our community and a lack of work-life balance, relief practice becomes even more valuable.
What are your favorite things about being a relief vet?
Relief work allows me the opportunity to see and explore several different hospitals and to learn different ways of doing things while still thriving as a business. I get to experience and learn from different work cultures.
What are your least favorite things about being a relief vet?
Unpredictability. It is as much as positive as it is a negative. You never know what lies inside the new clinic until you get there. Some clinics refuse to sign contracts and can replace you with an associate without giving much notice.
What do you look for in a practice when deciding to cover shifts for them?
Reliability, work environment, doctor to staff ratio, availability of diagnostics, and, of course, travel distance from my home.
What supplies or equipment do you bring with you on the job?
I prepare myself with the instruments we routinely use in our day to day practice such as stethoscope, ophthalmoscope/otoscope, thermometer, Plumb’s book for dosing, and my cell phone.
Have you picked up any unique practice tips while being a relief vet? These could be related to medicine, workflow, practice organization, or anything really.
For sure. Working in corporate practice, I never imagined performing routine surgeries (such as spay/neuter/dental/mass removal) without running pre-op blood work due to potential liability issues. Independent clinics, however, have taught me to be more confident in making that judgement call for the cases I see.
What advice would you give new relief vets? (Alternatively, what advice would you give someone who is thinking about being a relief vet?)
Practicing as a relief veterinarian is rewarding most of the time, however, it does come with its own challenges. My suggestion would be to NOT totally rely on an external relief company to provide you relief shifts, as they take a big commission on your paycheck. It is worth contacting veterinary clinics in and around your area so you can get these shifts directly. This will help you keep more of your earnings in your pocket while also being more reliable. *Note from the editor: Relief Rover is free to relief professionals and does not take any commission on your shifts. Relief vets negotiate their rates and keep the entire amount.
How has the global pandemic affected your relief practice?
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected my relief practice. During April-June 2020, I had several sudden cancellations of my scheduled shifts and could not find additional shifts to compensate for them. This created loss of income during those already difficult times.
What states are you licensed in and/or states you are working to obtain licensure within?
Aside from English, what language(s) do you speak?
What are your hobbies / passions outside of work?
I don’t have much free time, but if I do, I like to read books on leadership and business mindsets in my free time. I love to play tennis and walk outside with my wife and kids. Besides this, I am passionate about passive income which comes through real estate investing, particularly with multifamily investing. I do educate and teach our veterinary community and busy professionals about Generative Passive Income through investment in multifamily assets to help them with retirement and to achieve financial freedom.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Transition from W2 employee to 1099 and become a business owner of your own! It will help you in the long run to be independent and self-sufficient and also comes with more flexibility and tax advantage when compared to W2 jobs. Invest in real estate and have your money work for you rather than you working for money!!! I have seen my net worth grow significantly by investing in multifamily assets. I am happy to share my experiences. Feel free to reach out to me. This is my website: www.arsiyainvestments.com.
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