Testimonials - AVA Graduate Mentoring Program

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


  • "The AVA mentoring program has been a career changing opportunity which has given me professional support to help me transition to a happier, more confident clinician. The program matches you with a mentor to meet your needs, and my match couldn’t have been better. As a recent graduate only a couple of years out of university I was struggling with decision making, confidence and work life balance. My mentor and I established key areas to work on and set goals both short and long term to help improve areas of need.  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 second opinion reference when I just needed to hear I was on the right track." (Dr Sarah Townsend, Mentee)  

  • "I've found this program very valuable, not only for the rewarding experiences in helping new graduate veterinarians directly through the program, but it has also helped me when working with new graduates in my clinic, giving me tools to help them find answers, rather than telling them the solution." (Dr Lindsay Evans, Mentor)

  • "Thanks for arranging this program, it's been incredibly helpful for me to figure out all of the things you don't learn at university, eg. business skills and work-life balance. Overall, the program has greatly improved my first year of practice and I have felt very supported." (Dr Charlotte Johnston, Mentee)

  • "The mentoring program helps highlight another great aspect of being a Veterinarian. It provides vets from vastly different streams or geography, to connect with each other and find comfort in the fact that we all go through the same trials, heartaches and successes". (Dr Suff Suharju, Mentor)

  • "The rewards of being a mentor are one of the main reasons I’m an AVA member". (Dr Marika Ley, Mentor)

For more information

Visit the AVA Graduate Mentoring Program page

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


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