It depends on the state you work in and whether you're under an employment contract, says Dr. Karl Salzsieder, JD, of Salzsieder
Consulting and Legal Services in Longview, Wash. In most states, workers without specific contract terms are "at will" employees.
This means that an employee can legally quit his or her job without notice and that the employer can terminate the employee
without cause and without notice.
Dr. Karl Salzsieder
But the question of when an associate veterinarian should give notice isn't quite that simple, Dr. Salzsieder says. Most likely,
you've signed an associate employment agreement that specifies how much notice you're required to give. It may also require
that you pay a penalty to your employer if you don't give two to four weeks' notice. If the agreement doesn't give specifics,
then it's common custom to give at least two weeks' notice. Four weeks is considered especially courteous.
Your state's law may also specify minimum standards of notice, because in most states, associate veterinarians are exempt
employees, meaning they don't qualify for overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week. Some state laws that provide
for exemption may also provide guidelines for notice when quitting.
Bottom line? Check for any contract provisions and state laws that may apply to your situation state before terminating your