FAQs - AVA Graduate Mentoring Program

Is the program open to AVA members and non-members?

All final year veterinary students about to graduate may participate as mentees. As a general rule, this program is only open for AVA members to participate as mentors. Any non-member participation will be considered on an individual basis, and will need a recommendation put forward by the respective AVA Division.

What’s the cost?

Mentees pay no fees to participate in the program.
Mentors are volunteers and pay no fees, training is provided free of charge.

All participants are responsible for any travel and accommodation costs involved with attending any events associated with the program.

Who can apply?

To join as a mentee, you must be in your final year of veterinary study, about to commence work.
*As of October 2017, we also welcome any AVA graduate members in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year out 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.

Why do you need me to provide so much information on my application form?

The information you provide will help us ‘match’ the right mentee with the right mentor, based on experience, skills and what you both want to achieve from the program.

When will I know if I’ve been successful, and if so, who I’ve been matched with?

A few weeks after you have uploaded your profile, we will contact you to confirm whether you’ve been accepted into the program and who has been selected as your mentoring partner.

What will I have to do if my application is successful?

If your application is successful, you will need to attend the following:

  1. Program Introduction and Training meeting (or webinar) – 1- 2 hours
  2. Progress Review meeting (or webinar) – 1 hour
  3. Program Close meeting (or webinar) - 1 hour

If you cannot attend the first meeting you will be asked to complete a 45-minute webinar information session and one-hour online training. Whichever training you do, it will help provide you with the knowledge and skills to have a successful mentoring relationship.

It will be up to each mentee/mentor pair to establish their own timetables for their one-on-one meetings, which would probably take place at least monthly for the program's period.

Will discussions between mentees and mentors be confidential?

Absolutely!  Great mentee/mentor relationships are based first and foremost on trust. Your participation in the program is confidential and you will agree with your mentoring partner how you will handle confidentiality between you.

Will I be able to claim VetEd points in my role as a mentor or mentee?

Yes, all mentors and mentees will be allocated 2 structured points for participating in the mentor/mentee training.  Depending on the state/territory that you are registered in you can also claim 0.5 to 1 unstructured points for each hour time spent working with your mentor/mentee.

How does this program fit in with the Sydney University student mentoring programs?

The students presently in the Sydney University BVSc course spend their fifth year undertaking extramural training consisting of ten one month rotations through a variety of career options. During this time they are offered mentoring through the University’s Intern Mentoring Program.  The AVA Graduate Mentoring Program is designed to follow immediately on from this program and covers their first year after graduation. Where possible mentees are encouraged and facilitated to continue with the same mentor through the two programs, as such being a Mentor in both programs will give the best results.
Sydney University have also recently invited some mentors to be involved in a new program mentoring groups of first year students in the DVM course.  
In summary for Sydney University students, there are three separate programs for differing stages in the student / new graduate’s career. They complement each other and you may elect to be a mentor in one, two or all of them. 

Who do I contact for more information?

If you’re interested in finding out more about the program, please contact the Recent Graduate and Student Program Manager, Monika Cole at mentoring@ava.com.au.

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

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
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



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


Contact the Association:  mentoring@ava.com.au; T: (02) 9431 5092 or your AVA Division office.

Visit the AVA Graduate Mentoring Program page.

Download the mentoring program pack


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