Medivet’s Graduate Support Programme: Training to Suit You

Helping graduates succeed in their veterinary career

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Are you a new graduate who has dreamed of working as a veterinary professional for as long as you can remember?

Here at Medivet, we understand the transition from university to clinical practice can be a daunting prospect. You may be worried about a lack of practical experience and not knowing how to deal with clients or challenging cases, especially when the practice is consistently working to the highest standards.

Mentoring schemes are proving to be an efficient solution and we are truly committed to helping you become a successful veterinary professional – that’s why we’ve developed our own graduate support programme.

What is the Residency Programme? 

As a new graduate on the Residency Programme, you will be placed in an experienced partner-run practice for an initial period of three to six months. During this time, our close supervision and a tailored approach will enable fast track development. 

Our experience shows that, within three to six months, you should be able to perform a number of procedures unassisted, including: 

  • Neutering
  • Lump removals
  • Treating abscesses
  • Stitch-ups
  • Dentals
  • Taking blood samples
  • Positioning X-rays correctly
  • Taking blood pressure measurements 

Of course, we also want you to feel comfortable in the consulting room when communicating with pet owners.

Our regular and ongoing performance reviews assess your abilities, highlighting your key areas of strength, as well as those that require further development. This ensures your learning can be directed to facilitate your timely achievement of comprehensive clinical skills. 

The Residency Programme is self-guided, allowing you to choose the level of support depending on how confident you are, either watching procedures or taking part under the supervision of an experienced vet. This means you can build upon your expertise in routine cases and diagnosis whilst being taught how to give the highest standard of care. 

The Buddy Programme 

Running parallel to the Residency Programme is our very popular Buddy Programme. As a new Medivet vet, you will be assigned a buddy (mentor). Their focus is on helping to support your development within the partnership at all levels, including clinical ability, communication, familiarity of policies and procedures, as well as assistance with developing a healthy work-life balance. 

We also know that, as new graduates, you will come to us full of questions. More than 200 vets form the Medivet family and we all work together as a team to share our knowledge and experience. This means there is always someone you can turn to if there is anything you are unsure about, so you can always feel confident. 

Once you’re ready to move on from the Buddy Programme, you will be placed into a floating role or you can become a practice assistant with the support of your buddy. This way, you can progress and develop your skills and career within the Medivet family. 

Upon completion of the programme, you will be eligible for:

  • Substantial salary increase
  • Generous CPD allowance after your first year as a practicing vet
  • Company vehicle or allowance
  • Accommodation or allowance 

Does the Medivet Residency Programme sound like the perfect route to becoming a veterinary professional to you? Learn more about how Medivet are committed to helping you become a veterinary professional. 

We’ll be attending the Royal Veterinary College Careers Fair this Wednesday 13th January 2016 to speak to students about current career opportunities with Medivet. Come and meet senior partner, Daniel, recruitment officer, Ellie and veterinary surgeon, Hannah at our stand for further information about how you can be supported by the Medivet family.     

Or, if you would like to apply for the Graduate Support Programme, send a copy of your CV and covering letter to Daniel or Ellie at

Posted January 12, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Vet Professionals

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