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 have completed your veterinary study, be working or 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:

  • "My mentor has been more than just someone who helps me figure out how to leave work at work, or how to refine my clinical decision making skills, he has been a friendly ear when I have been stressed with a particular case, or a valuable 2nd opinion reference when I just needed to hear I was on the right track." (Mentee)

  • “I was glad to participate - you can easily feel lost as a new grad - and even if you have support around you in work [as I was lucky enough to], it still helps to have an outside perspective on things.” (Mentee)

  • "Really thankful to be part of the mentoring program.  I had encountered some difficulties with my first job and thankfully to my mentor and the program administrator who continuously encouraged me and checked on my mental well-being which pulled me through the difficult times." (Mentee)

  • "The support from my mentor definitely helped when I needed it most. I could discuss problems with her that I wouldn't of been able to sort out with anyone else". (Mentee)

    "The program is a good way to discuss issues and problems that new graduates may feel unsure about. Including work-life balance, cases, after hours and surgeries". (Mentor)

    “(It is good to) help the next generation of veterinarians and try and help them maintain a successful balance in what is a very stressful job at times…. You take your experience and knowledge for granted, but your experience is invaluable to someone just starting out." (Mentor)

    “I found I learnt more than I ever expected.” (Mentor)

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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)


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 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

Applications open 15 May 2017



Applications open 14 August 2017

*Applications have closed for our October 2016 intake, however, if you wish to participate please contact Monika Cole on 02 9431 5092 or email

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

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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

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