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The Vet Graduate Development Programme – Making the right next step! 

Graduate Vet with Partner

We imagine the past few years at vet school have been an interesting mix of challenging academic work, an introduction to surgery, long hours, financial commitments… oh and hopefully some good times along the way. We understand that you have now reached a really exciting time in your career and we’d like to help you take that next, very important, step.

We established our Vet Graduate Development Programme in 2011 because we appreciate how daunting it can be to go straight into practice from the relative safety of your vet school’s training environment. Our 2 year programme is specially designed to help you develop your medical, surgical and softer skills such as communication, team work and leadership allowing you to train on the job with experienced and supportive Veterinary Partners as well as take paid leave to attend specialist CPD events every couple of months.  

From your first day with us you will have a mentor who will be there to guide you through every step of your professional development and crucially, you will start building your own client base and see continuity of cases with the support of your wider team.

Our Partnership model is unique.  With us you get the best of both worlds.  All the benefits that come from being part of a large respected organisation, but also the opportunity to work alongside and learn from the senior vet of the practice. Each and every one of our practices has its own unique personality and atmosphere. And in just the same way, we actively encourage and welcome you as an individual with your own needs, hopes and interests which we hope we can help you fulfil.

So, if you have graduated in 2016 or are due to graduate in 2017 with a relevant veterinary degree and share our passion for delivering outstanding pet healthcare and great customer service then we would love to hear from you.

The Vet Graduates enrolled on our programme benefit from: 

  • A permanent full-time job as a vet in one of our practices
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Day-to-day support from the senior vet/partner(s) and Support Office Learning and Development team colleagues
  • Regular CPD events
  • BVA membership
  • Tickets to the London Vet Show including accommodation
  • Expenses paid for accommodation and travel to all graduate events and sessions 

Examples of CPD areas we have delivered:

  • Managing the Consultation 
  • Rabbits and Small Furries 
  • Practical Dentistry Tooth Extractions 
  • Canine and Feline Emergency Care 
  • Practical Reptiles and Exotics 
  • Practical Derm School 
  • Practical Ophthalmic Emergencies 
  • Orthopaedics and Imaging Day 
  • Surgical Tour of the Abdomen 
  • Practical Introduction to Ultrasound 
  • Complaint Handling 
  • Bereavement Handling 
  • Management and Leadership 
  • Health & Safety and Handling Stress in the Workplace 


Application process:

We will soon be accepting applications for our 2018 Graduate Development Programme!  In the interim please contact us on 01367 820820 or email vetgraduates@vets4pets.com

 Should your application be successful you will be invited to attend an assessment centre where we will discuss your application and preferred practice locations. This is about us getting to know you and vice versa. Our aim is to match your skill set and personality to a practice that suits your requirements. If you are successful at this stage, we will refer you to the relevant practice for a face to face interview and to spend a day in the practice where you will experience what it would be like to work there and to get to know the team.

For more information please email vetgraduates@vets4pets.com 

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