Reece Chalmers dialled in to his initial VetPlus interview from Greece, where he was working during holiday season.
The 25-year-old international business graduate was attracted to the Tangerine Group due to the intensive training offered, that was lacking in other roles he’d considered.
Now Area Sales Manager for Scotland, he shares what makes up a typical week, his proudest work achievement so far and his hopes for the future.
What’s your role at VetPlus?
I’m Area Sales Manager for the whole of Scotland, which means one day I could be in Glasgow, the next I could be in Shetland or Orkney – so I get around a lot!
What does a typical week look like?
I’m based in Aberdeen and I spend two or three days a week driving for six hours a day, and the other two driving slightly less, meeting with, on average, two vet practices per day. The role involves teaching vets and veterinary nurses how to use the products, and then maybe there’ll be some other meetings with newer practices that are getting on board with VetPlus for the first time. Then there’s a certain amount of admin each week.
What’s your career been like so far?
I did a degree in international business management and then went to Greece for a season where I sold tickets for boat parties to Brits. I’d been looking for graduate roles but a lot of them weren’t up my street because they didn’t seem to offer the right training or integration into the company. VetPlus was different and I actually did my first interviews virtually while I was in Greece before flying over for the final interview.
I joined the business in September 2020 on the sales training scheme, which began with six months of learning about the products and everything that you need for the day-to-day sales environment. We also visited the manufacturing facility and spent some time at head office, so it was a really good grounding for the role.
What’s the best thing about working for VetPlus?
The best thing is being able to set your own goals and targets and create your own diary. I’ve always been motivated by having goals to work towards, otherwise I get bored, and the constant learning means I’m always challenged and spurred on to do well. I’m constantly getting better and every time I look back at something I’ve done I can’t believe I’ve done it.
What’s been your most memorable moment so far?
The business didn’t have much of a presence outside of Glasgow and surrounding areas before I joined, and now the whole of Scotland is covered by VetPlus, which is great. And that’s because I had the ability to go out and put the effort in to get the business out there and support the practices.
What’s your favourite VetPlus product?
One that sticks with me is Synoquin, a joint supplement that promotes healthy cartilage, soothes stiff joints, promotes mobility and supports joint health.
It’s the first one I learned about and I think I could speak about it non-stop for about two hours! It’s great to have in-depth knowledge and, to have products backed by clinical trials.
What advice would you give someone thinking about applying for a role with VetPlus?
If you feel like you’ve got good communication skills and are hard-working, you’ll succeed – VetPlus gives you all the other skills you need. You also get mentorship so there’s constant feedback to help you improve. All you need to do is be an open book, be willing to take the advice and insight and be willing to work hard and everything else will come.