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Creating mother friendly vet  practices that work!

About Us

As the veterinary profession becomes more feminised, there is a growing need for practices to provide friendly environments that cater for vets who are the primary care giver to their children. That is where Smooth Operating Vets come in - we understand the pressures that employing women in their child bearing years poses on small business as well as what it is like to be a busy working mum - so we have combined our experience in both to create a program for practices that makes them more ‘mother friendly’ while continuing to operate smoothly from a business perspective. 





Our Programs

Create a mother-friendly vet practice that works! 

I can show you

How to fill your veterinary vacancies with dedicated and experienced vets 

in 8 weeks!!


Smooth Operating Vets has a tried and tested pathway of finding an untapped source of experienced vets.

The vet shortage is real.

Smooth Operating Vets has analyzed the issues and found new and innovative solutions that you can quickly put into practice and then recruit your vet. 

We are creating mother-friendly practices that work!     

Your 8-week coaching program!

Using our 8 steps over 8 weeks,  you will create a mother-friendly practice that experienced and dedicated vets want to work at. 


Program includes:

One hour kick start session  

30 minute Weekly coaching calls with Jocelyn   

8 modules of online training.

12 months access to your portal, which contains templates, workbooks and videos. 

Accountability emails to check in with you.

Access to webinars and case studies.

Access to templates to enable your practice days to flow smoothly. 

You then have the opportunity to register as a Smooth Operating Vet Practice.


Check Out The Following Graph

The graph below, shows clearly that there are changes in our veterinary profession.  This gives us a great opportunity to guide the profession, so that, where women veterinarians are the primary caregiver to children, they can return to their careers and do the work that they love.


​Women are needed!! 

There are fewer and fewer males taking on a veterinary career and so pathways to ensure that we do not lose these women from our profession, need to be structured, right now!! 

I am looking at ways of facilitating women back to practice and so am looking for feedback on what YOU are wanting. 


Practice managers/owners as well as veterinarians, call me so that we can work together to start filling the vet positions with experienced dedicated vets.


80% of vets are women!

"In 1983, the year I graduated, there were 50% women graduates.  Now there are 80% women graduates.  Even though we have many more graduates now, the ratio is the same.  Women have the children, we MUST find ways to manage their return to practice."

- Dr Jocelyn Birch-Baker, Founder, Smooth Operating Vets

feminisation of the workforce

"Of the respondents, 67% were female and 33% were male.  Five respondents identified as 'Other'.  This compares with the 2016 survey where 63% were female and 38% were male and the 2014 survey where 60 % were female and 40% were male.  The trends are consistent with increased feminisation of the veterinary workforce."

- AVA Australian Veterinary Workforce Survey 2018


A practice profile of 
High Street Veterinary Surgery


By: James Westgate

Published  in the "Veterinary Business Journal"  May 2021.  


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