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CVMA’s Mentoring Program Supports the Needs of New Veterinarians

September 6, 2017

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Veterinary graduates face difficult challenges when starting their career including gaining hands-on-experience, performing surgeries, diagnosing correctly, providing proper patient treatment, and lack of experience and confidence interacting and communicating with clients and colleagues.

To help recent graduates overcome these challenges while settling into professional life, CVMA created the CVMA Mentoring Program connecting CVMA members wanting to support final-year DVM students, recent graduates, and early career veterinarians.

To participate in the CVMA Mentorship Program, mentees need to:

• be a CVMA member

• complete a mentee profile form

• be prepared to commit for 12 months

• initiate the search, select your mentor and make initial contact

• maintain regular contact with your mentor

• identify skills and competencies you wish to gain.

There is no matching process; a mentee is expected to search potential mentors from the CVMA mentor roster and select a mentor based on his/her goals and needs. Matches are initiated by the mentee and accepted by the mentor; after it is both parties responsibility to continue communication. Mentees may initiate contact by sending an introduction letter or e-mail to the prospective mentor. It may take 1 to 2 weeks to hear back from your mentor but once you have connected, you should schedule an initial meeting (virtual or in-person) to outline the relationship expectations.

Mentoring is an invaluable personal and career development opportunity and a powerful confidence building tool for mentees. Also, professional nurturing can be satisfying and rewarding for mentors through sharing their knowledge and expertise to help others progress in their career. The CVMA has mentors waiting for you.

To learn more about the CVMA Mentoring Program and register as a mentor or mentee, visit the CVMA Mentoring Program section of the CVMA website.