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The CVMA Supports Early-Career DVMs on their Journey to a Successful Career and Balanced Life

May 30, 2018

Starting your new career as a veterinarian can be an exciting and challenging time of your life. Low staff morale, burnout, financial challenges, workplace drama, and a host of related trials can easily make veterinary careers less joyful. The CVMA is proud to support its members in their early career and some of the CVMA’s initiatives geared toward new graduates are highlighted below:

Early-Career DVM Resource Hub

To help early-career DVMs on their path to a successful career, the CVMA created a dedicated website section containing resources compiled specifically with your needs in mind. Within the Early-Career DVM Resource Hub’s 3 sections focussing on
financial planning and budgeting, communication, and career development, you can find modules, video lectures, personalized
self-help programs, guides, tips, calculators, and more. To access these resources, visit the Practice and Economics section
of the CVMA website.

Mentoring Program

The CVMA Mentoring Program was created to facilitate connections among its members and provide support to recent graduates as they transition to professional life, and to early career veterinarians who may be looking to make a major career change within veterinary medicine. The program imparts an enriching experience to mentees who receive personalized feedback, encouragement, and acquire new knowledge and skills. Mentors gain opportunities to provide professional nurturing, share their knowledge and expertise, and further develop their own communication and leadership skills. For more information on the CVMA Mentoring Program, visit the Practice and Economics section of the CVMA website.

CVMA Emerging Leaders Program

The CVMA created the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), held annually at the CVMA’s Annual Convention, to help bring joy back into the workplace by teaching graduates and experienced professionals how to cope with a variety of challenges encountered in veterinary practice. It gives an opportunity for individuals to explore their approach to personal and professional accomplishment and their working relationship with colleagues. To help CVMA members who graduated within the last 10 years, a full sponsorship opportunity is offered. The next opportunity to apply and receive full program participation sponsorship takes place between December 2018 and April 2019. Your provincial veterinary medical association will send more information about the application process within that time. Sponsored participants will receive travel to and from the CVMA Convention, 3 nights’ accommodation, the 8-hour workshop, and a complimentary CVMA Convention registration (value $645). The program is open to all interested CVMA members, members of the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC), and veterinary leaders/managers for a low registration fee through the CVMA Convention registration.

What Can’t Be Taught feature articles published in The Canadian Veterinary Journal

The Canadian Veterinary Journal (The CVJ) publishes What Can’t Be Taught articles featuring the experiences of earlycareer
DVMs, alternative career veterinarians, private practice veterinarians, and retirees, and offers stories and advice for veterinary students and new graduates. If you miss these feature articles in The CVJ, you can also access them in the Practice and Economics section of the CVMA website under Mentoring Program Resources.

Recent Graduates receive membership dues reductions
What does this mean? Members who maintain uninterrupted membership after graduation throughout a consecutive 3-year
period are eligible for a tiered annual membership dues reduction as follows:

Year of graduation:

Complimentary half-year membership (July–December)

Year 1 after graduation:

75% off the regular dues plus a free CVMA Convention CE voucher***

Year 2 after graduation:

50% reduction of the regular dues

Year 3 after graduation:

25% reduction of the regular dues

*** The CVMA supports early-career DVMs with continuing education, don’t miss your chance for a free general registration to the CVMA Annual Convention (value $645)

The CVMA is continuously researching and developing new programs and initiatives aimed at supporting veterinarians in their early career. If you have any questions or ideas, we would love to hear from you ( or