Meet a Relief Tech – Tayla Grace

Work-life balance – the phrase is as synonymous with vet med as is the word understaffed.

So how do we meld the two for a positive outcome?  Relief staff, of course!
Enter Tayla Grace – technician/nurse extraordinaire.

New England area – I know you’re just as overwhelmed as the rest of the regions.

ECC. Exotics. Large Animal. GP. Pick your niche.

Reach out. Relieve some stress and give a girl a job!

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Everyone has a story – what’s yours? What inspired you to become a technician/nurse?

I’ve always known I wanted to work with animals since I was a kid. I can’t think of one specific moment that inspired me to become a veterinary nurse, but I do know that my dogs influenced my decision a lot. I became fascinated with animal care which led to my interest in veterinary medicine.

What roles have you had within the veterinary profession? How about outside of this industry?

I went to a four-year school to study veterinary technology. During my last year, I had the opportunity to experience six different internships. I chose two in Emergency and Critical Care, two in exotic animal care, one in large animal which I chose to do at a farm animal sanctuary, and one in general practice.

What made you switch to relief practice?

Relief practice gives you the freedom to choose your own schedule. It gives you more autonomy in your career, and above all it gives you a work-life balance.

How do you feel that relief practice supports the veterinary profession as a whole?

I think relief work is great for the veterinary profession. Working full time in the veterinary field is a lot. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. We all need a break. Relief practice supports our veterinary professionals on both sides of it, giving full time nurses a break when they need it.

What are your favorite things about being a relief tech/nurse?

My favorite thing about being a relief nurse is the freedom I have to choose my own schedule.

What are your least favorite things about being a relief tech/nurse?

My least favorite thing about being a relief nurse is starting at a new place and learning the flow of the hospital and staff. It is always hard to start something new especially with people that already have established relationships. You just must stay confident!

What do you look for in a practice when deciding to cover shifts for them?

I look for responsive employers, great leadership, and shift differentials are always a plus!

Follow-up to the above: do word-of-mouth observations and/or online reviews factor into your decision to cover shifts? 

Yes

What advice would you give new relief techs/nurses? (Alternatively, what advice would you give someone who is thinking about being a relief tech/nurse?)

Go for it!! It is definitely worth it. I am so pleased with my decision to become a relief nurse. If you try a hospital that doesn’t feel like a great fit for you, guess what? You don’t have to be stuck there. If you find a hospital you absolutely love, guess what? You can pick up more shifts there!

How has the global pandemic affected your relief work?

The pandemic actually introduced me to relief work. With the increase in pets and emergency room overloads and the shortage of veterinary professionals, there has been a huge need for relief work.

What states do you currently work within? Any other states in your sights?

I work within New England.

Aside from English, what language(s) do you speak?

I only speak English.

What are your hobbies/passions outside of work?

I love to spend time with family, explore new places, and go on hikes!

Anything else you’d like to share?

If you have children or are planning to have children, relief work is a great option! It gives YOU the power to choose when you work and gives you the time to take care of your family!

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To learn more or to contact Tayla Grace, click here.

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