At The VET Recruiter, our mission statement and the values to which we adhere are very important to us. Every professional in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession should have their own set of core values, and every employer in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession should have them, as well.
A mission statement and values help to provide direction, whether it’s for an individual or an entire group of people. They’re crucial to reaching your potential and achieving long-term success, regardless of your specific goals and the challenges or obstacles that you face along the way.
With that in mind, below is the official mission statement of The VET Recruiter:
“Our mission is to help Animal Health companies and Veterinary businesses hire top talent to help their businesses grow and become more profitable, while also helping Animal Health and Veterinary professionals attain career-enhancing opportunities that allow them to achieve the quality of life they seek.”
In addition to our mission statement, we also have 13 core values in which we believe, that we promote, and that we strive to exhibit in our everyday dealings with candidates and clients in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. Below are all 13 of our values, which are also depicted in the illustration above:
Everything starts with integrity. You must act with integrity in everything that you do with your career. Acting with integrity is the very best way to brand yourself and it’s also the best way to position yourself for professional advancement and fulfillment. It includes not only everything that you say and do, but also everything that you don’t say and don’t do.
Branding yourself as being reliable is nearly as important as branding yourself as a person of integrity. That’s because when you prove to be reliable, people are more likely to trust you. If people know that they can count on you and trust you, then they’ll want to work with you and if they’re in a position to do so, they’ll want to hire you.
This is another word for honesty. Now, this doesn’t mean that you’re brutally honest. It means that you’re up front in your dealings with people and you don’t try to hide things from them in the interest of personal gain. You can see how this value is closely linked to integrity.
This value is closely linked to passion. When you have passion for something, including your career in the Animal Health industry or Veterinary profession, you show enthusiasm for it. Enthusiastic individuals are more likely to overcome challenges, reach their goals, and enjoy more success than their peers who do not display enthusiasm.
Let’s face it: adversity is inevitable. The question is not whether adversity is going to strike, but how you’re going to react when it does. It’s not a cliché; those who refuse to quit are those who rise to the top and enjoy more success in all areas of their life.
#6—Act with Urgency
Your life and your career are not just going to “come to you.” Acting with a sense of urgency is critical in terms of achieving your professional goals. This means being proactive, having the mindset of always moving forward, and at least being open to opportunity when it is presented to you.
This value indicates that you have the ability to take direction from others and you don’t believe that you “know it all.” No matter what you’ve achieved during your career, you can always learn something new. Those who are coachable realize the value of continuous learning and the advantage that it can give them.
This is sorely lacking in today’s culture. Listening to somebody and waiting for your opportunity to speak is not the same as actively listening. This involves receiving and processing information in a meaningful way, including discerning what you can learn from the conversation.
This is a cornerstone value that transcends time and cultures. It doesn’t matter how talented you are; if you don’t work hard, then you will never reach your true potential. Hard work is a value that can give you the edge over other professionals in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. And all it requires is desire.
You might think this is a characteristic more than a value, but that’s not the case. That’s because optimism is a choice. You can choose to be optimistic about a situation, regardless of the specific circumstances surrounding that situation. Like all of the other values on our list, this value enhances your chances for success.
Being able to work with others as a team reflects a collaborative value that can serve you well within many different environments. This involves the putting aside of personal interests in the pursuit of a common goal that will benefit everybody. In today’s employment marketplace, working well with others is not an option; it’s mandatory if you want to excel.
The win-win mindset is also referred to as the “Principle of Reciprocity.” This means when someone gives us something, then we feel compelled to give them something in return. Conversely, when you first give something to someone else, then they will feel compelled to give something to you in return. Always strive to give first and aspire to achieve a “win-win situation” with everyone.
All of these values lead to this one. The 12 preceding values culminate in results. Not just any results, but the results that YOU want. And it requires all 12 of the values to achieve these results. If you miss a step (or a value) here or there, then it can alter the results and also alter the level of satisfaction that you derive from those results.
The reason that we’ve illustrated these values as a set of stairs or steps is simple: each value leads to the next one and builds upon the one that preceded it. The first step, the most important one, is integrity. You start there and continue through every other step until you reach the pinnacle of achievement.
The bottom line is results. This applies to just about every area in life, both personal and professional, as well as to the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. Without values, there are no results.
What are your core values? How are you using them to guide you through your professional life and career?