The UK veterinary profession’s biggest graduate scheme has just opened its applications for 2022. The IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy offers unrivalled support to new vets in over 500 locations across the United Kingdom, meaning no matter where you’re based the next step in your career is never too far away.
Group Veterinary Advisor Donald Kingsnorth, who has been with the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy since its inception in 2015, says it’s more vital than ever as the profession continues to face exceptional challenges.
“Making sure young vets get the best start in professional life is key to how they enjoy and find fulfilment in their careers,” said Donald. “It is absolutely fundamental to how they go forward.”
Members of the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy have access to an exceptional range of benefits. The starting salary will be £30K, there is an additional £5K payment in the first year and graduates get five weeks annual holiday. The costs of RCVS renewal fees and many other professional memberships are also covered.
A dedicated VetGDP advisor and mentor is assigned, there is regular feedback and advice, and the structured CPD programme includes access to seven different streams that cover a variety of pure and mixed roles. The top quality CPD content is available for small animal, farm and equine vets as well as those in mixed practice. Training conference options include invitations to National Vet Congress events such as LVS and BSAVA.
Career progression opportunities are available within the ever-growing network, which also provides for peer support both with local areas and across the UK.
A process is in place for internal transfers within the UK and Europe, making it easy to relocate.
Graduates also have access to the IVC Evidensia Care Fund. It offers financial support to owners facing financial challenges and allows vets to offer treatment options that might otherwise not be possible.
The IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy has honed its support and offering over the years. The biggest focus has become the graduates’ mental health.
A great emphasis has been placed on soft skills alongside the clinical teaching.
“We look at managing a consult, handling tricky clients and just dealing with the day-to-day pressures of life in practice,” said Donald. “They can be very high indeed and can come as quite a shock when you’ve just left university. That’s the biggest lesson we’ve learned over the years, and we’ve built a lot of those measures up. The clinical stuff is always great and we’re very lucky to have a huge number of diplomates and expert teachers to deliver the highest quality CPD. But the soft skills teaching is so important.”
For more information about the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy or to apply, please go to: https://ivcevidensia.co.uk/graduate-academy