Graduate mentoring program

Would 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 connects experienced veterinarians with new graduates so that they can receive one-on-one advice and support as they transition into the profession. The program is structured over a 12 month period, and participation is voluntary.  

Whether you're a mentor or a mentee, you'll find mentoring a rewarding part of your experience as an AVA member.

What is involved?

"I know that one of the true strengths of our profession is our sense of community. When I see this power leveraged to the benefit of the newest, and in some ways the most vulnerable members of our profession, it is a community of which I am genuinely proud. The involvement in the mentoring program for me has been one of those things whereby giving you actually receive much more in return, and I strongly recommend veterinarians get involved in the program in whatever way they can."    

Dr. Mark Simpson, Mentor

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Participation criteria

  • To join as a mentee, you must be in your final year of veterinary study, about to commence work. In addition to this, AVA graduate members in their 2nd, 3rd or the 4th year out, are also invited to apply.
  • 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.

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 14 May 2018 13 August 2018
Applications Close 11 June 2018 30 September 2018 *extended
Program launch and training 02 July 2018 08 October 2018
Mentor/mentee training events from: *09 July 2018 *15 October 2018
Mid-program review meetings from: *19 November 2018 *25 February 2019
Program close 30 June 2019 30 September 2019

Applications are now closed. Please contact Monika Cole at

If you would like to apply as a Mentor, you can do this at any time please 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

More information

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


Tanya Burton"The support from my mentor definitely helped when I needed it most. I could discuss problems with her that I wouldn't have been able to sort out with anyone else."    

Dr. Tanya Burton, Mentee

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Mentoring; a mentor's perspective

Mentoring; a mentee's perspective

Mentoring; what it means to the veterinary profession



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 Guild Insurance and GuildSuper are proud to be able to sponsor the AVA Graduate Mentoring program. Throughout our 20 year partnership with the AVA, we’ve worked hard with the AVA to ensure that we provide vets with the most appropriate protection and support for the entirety of their career. Supporting graduates as they begin that career is a fantastic way for us to really deliver on that goal.

The benefit of partnering with the AVA for such a long time is that as the profession changes, we are in the box seat to see these changes eventuate, and get real insight as to what that means for veterinarians at all stages of their career. We look forward to continuing to support this fantastic initiative, and see the mentees’ careers develop, and hopefully find themselves in the position to help us continue to support the profession for years to come.

Guild Insurance

Hill's Pet Nutrition has been a proud sponsor of AVA recent graduate and mental health programs since their inception. We are committed to helping and supporting recent veterinary graduates with the challenges and rewards of their transition from veterinary student to happy and fulfilled veterinary practitioner.


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 is 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.

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.

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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