Graduate Mentoring Program

Mentor ProgramWould you like:

  • Guidance for your career and professional development in the veterinary profession, from someone with a wealth of experience?
  • An opportunity to reflect on professional challenges and opportunities?
  • Satisfaction from helping others and contributing to the veterinary profession?
  • A chance to develop your mentoring and leadership skills?

The AVA Graduate Mentoring Program supports graduate vets to transition into the profession smoothly, to support them to reach their potential and to be happy in their jobs. Whether you're a mentor or a mentee, you'll find mentoring a rewarding part of your experience as an AVA member.

Participation criteria

  • To join as a mentee, you must be in your final year of  veterinary study, about to commence work.
  • To join as a mentor, you must have at least three years’ experience in the profession, and be an AVA member.

Both mentees and mentors must also be willing to attend program events, webinars and complete the training provided.

Here’s what some participants had to say about this program:

Village Vets talk about the AVA Mentoring Program

Village Vets talk about transitioning to practice

What is involved?

The AVA Graduate Mentoring Program is a 12 month program which is available to all first year graduates.

Download the information pack
Download the program information flyer
View the FAQs



Application process

Mentees and mentors will be asked to complete an online application in which you can indicate what you are looking for in a mentoring partner, your background and interests. This will determine how you are matched with a partner. You will be informed by email if you have been successfully matched. We endeavour to match all those that apply but this is not always possible.

Key Dates

  Charles Sturt University (CSU)Sturt University (CSU)


Murdoch University
University of Sydney
University of Melbourne
University of Queensland
University of Adelaide
James Cook University
Applications Open 15 May 2017 14 August 2017
Applications Close 12 June 2017 *extended  30 September 2017
Program launch and training 03 July 2017 02 October 2017
Mentor/mentee training events from: *10 July 2017 *09 October 2017
Mid-program review meetings from: *20 November 2017 *26 February 2018
Program close 30 June 2018 30 September 2018

*We are still accepting applications for final year CSU students - Apply here



Applications open 14 August 2017


Mentors who have previously applied and been accepted into the AVA Graduate Mentoring Program are not required to resubmit their application.

*Training and program review dates may vary from this schedule

*If you have missed the application deadline, please contact Monika Cole 02 9431 5092 or email

Find out more

Sponsorship opportunities

This program is supported by the AVA and our kind sponsors and as such is free for mentees and mentors.

If you wish to be a part of this very important AVA initiative, please contact our program manager, Monika Cole on 02 9431 5092 or email

Download our sponsorship information flyer

Art of Mentoring



Proudly sponsored by

Guild Insurance Guild Super




Royal Canin

Royal Canin. Our own veterinarians have participated in this program as mentors and have found it to be a truly rewarding experience. ROYAL CANIN® is committed to putting the needs of cats and dogs first and supporting the future of the veterinary profession.


PetSure is a proud sponsor of the AVA Graduate Mentoring program. We believe that having great support and a great working environment in the first years of anyone’s Veterinary career are paramount to a successful and long veterinary profession.

PetSure employs graduates,  giving them the opportunity to work in a different field of the veterinary profession and allowing them to use their skills learnt during their studies and in-clinic to work within the Pet Insurance Industry.

We would also like to extend our support by giving students and graduates the opportunity to join us for work experience and work alongside our veterinary staff.

If interested, please contact us on Sharon Weedon at


Provet is proud to be a sponsor of the AVA Graduate Mentoring Program.  We are committed to supporting the future of the veterinary profession in Australia and we are confident that this mentoring program is hugely beneficial to everyone embarking on their transition to practice.

Virbac Australia congratulates the AVA on their work in supporting new graduates. We are pleased to be involved in this important program. Virbac is a specialist animal health company with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia employs around 260 personnel, and all are passionate about animal health.



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