Our International Graduate Academy welcomes new cohort at inaugural event in Stockholm

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Across IVC Evidensia, we’re investing in programmes that provide veterinary graduates with lots of opportunities to grow, develop skills, deepen knowledge, and keep pace with our fast-evolving profession at every stage of their career journey with us, in line with our People Promise to be a great place to work.

Last week, we welcomed 15 new students from across six European markets to the IVC Evidensia International Graduate Academy Programme at the first ever in-person launch event hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. Thirty-one students from eight markets, who have successfully completed the first year of the programme, came to share with the new students what to expect. During the event, two CPD courses were delivered – Emergency Care and Cardiology – in a hybrid format to also cater for any delegates unable to physically attend.

Marlene Areskog, Country Medical Director, Sweden, and representing the Nordics, who welcomed the students, said, “Our Graduate Academies are well known for providing newly qualified vets with the very best start to their brilliant careers. Being a part of this in-person event was really inspiring and I can’t wait to see how our Graduates flourish with the support of IVC Evidensia behind them.”

Veterinary graduates joining us at IVC Evidensia are at a particularly exciting stage of their career journey, and our Graduate Academies play a significant role in supporting them as they take their first steps as newly qualified vets. Designed to provide the right balance of supported time in practice, as well as continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities, all our programmes are delivered by highly experienced clinicians and veterinary professionals across many disciplines. Our International Graduate Academy is available to all graduates joining IVC Evidensia in markets where there currently isn’t a country-specific programme.

Our International Graduate Academy students attending last week told us the event made them feel excited and inspired. They particularly valued hearing from graduates entering their second year of the programme, who were able to share some of their own experiences and insights from their first year. Linnèa, one of our second-year graduates told us, “It’s been an enjoyable couple of days, meeting up and getting to know everyone. The lecture in cardiology was particularly interesting and I’m feeling fortunate to be part of such a brilliant programme.” 

Launched in 2018, the International Academy has gone from strength-to-strength to welcome graduates from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iberia, Belgium, Latvia and The Netherlands (for those whom Dutch isn’t a first language). The growth of the programme benefits from word-of-mouth and reputation, so this success is testament to the International Graduate Academy team’s hard work.