Though it requires some planning, traveling with pets on locum tenens assignments is doable as long as the right arrangements are in place. Every assignment is different, so it’s important to evaluate your individual travel circumstances before making any decisions about whether to bring a pet. Here are some things to remember when considering your options:
- Your pet’s adaptability. Some pets – for reasons such as temperament, age or health issues – do not make the best travel companions. It’s important to think about how your pet would endure under long-term traveling conditions. Consult with your vet for feedback and assess your pet’s ability to adjust to a new living environment. Due to varying circumstances, some pets are not cut out for extensive traveling.
- Assignment duration. Most pets are creatures of habit and are happiest in their permanent homes; therefore, constantly taking your pet out of its regular habitat may not be the best idea. If your travel assignment contract is for one extended period (such as three months straight), then the logical decision would be to bring your pet. However, if your assignment schedule is more erratic (such as seven days on and seven days off for five weeks), you may want to consider enlisting the help of a pet-sitter. Because each assignment contract varies, you’ll have to evaluate this on a case-by-case basis.
- Quality time with your pet. The whole point of bringing your pet with you on assignment is so you can spend time with it, right? However, it’s important to consider your work schedule and how much quality time you’ll actually have with your furry friend. If you have a demanding work schedule and plan to explore your assignment destination, downtime with your pet may be rather limited.
Many physicians would agree that pets can be great travel companions during locum tenens assignments, providing comfort while away from home. By keeping the tips above in mind, you’ll be able to make the best decision for both you and your pet when travel locum tenens assignments arise.
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