Graduate Programme

CVS provides an industry-leading scheme to support graduates in their important first two years in practice, helping them to make the transition from university to working as a vet in everyday practice.

Running since 2015, it offers a comprehensive, practical and theory-based programme of essential Continued Professional Development (CPD) days, supporting the development of clinical and non-clinical skills – including self-leadership, teamwork, wellbeing, resilience and business.

The programme starts with a three week induction, with residential training to practice clinical and professional skills, supported by applied online learning. Residential weeks take place at CVS’ dedicated training centre and a host practice, where senior veterinarians will support with first procedures and consultations. This enables graduates to practice key day-one skills, re-visit essential knowledge, and provides an opportunity to learn about how CVS practices operate. Graduates will also meet colleagues from across the business and form a peer-support network.

A 12-month induction plan then takes place for practices to on-board new graduates joining their practice and ensure they have the resources they need to start a successful veterinary career. Every graduate is assigned one of CVS’ 250 Vet Graduate Development Programme Advisers for their day-to-day support and training in practice. CVS has also appointed two dedicated Pastoral Support Vets to enhance the wellbeing of our new graduates, help support and develop our Vet GDP Advisers, and maintain an overview of new graduate experience within practice.

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