5 Reasons to consider a veterinary mentor by Katie Ford

Updated: Jun 6

So why should we consider a veterinary mentor? Throughout our younger life, we became very reliant on guidance; parents, tutors, siblings. We worked to deadlines, we followed set programmes at school, we had bedtimes, we handed in homework. Then we get into adult life as a fully-fledged veterinary surgeon, and suddenly we have to parent ourselves. We want to do big things, but at the same time, life can take away with you. So where would a vet mentor fit into all this?

What is a mentor? “a person who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time, especially at work.” In the veterinary sense, this could be a casual mentorship from an experienced colleague, private one-to-one mentorship with a veterinary specific mentor, or a group veterinary mentorship program. Sometimes we even have people that are mentors to us without realising that’s the role they serve.


Why do you need a veterinary mentor?

1) Your veterinary mentor has been there, done that

It helps you to skip steps. Often, your mentor has already done what you want to do; this is not just as a new veterinary graduate, this is at all stages of your veterinary career. They’ve found out what works, and their knowledge could help you jump several rungs up the ladder and avoid pitfalls. If you have a specific niche that you wish to pursue, seeking a mentor who has already made it in this field can be infinitely useful.


2) Veterinary mentorship helps career progression

Isn’t it amazing that we are quite happy to get something done for someone else, but less so when it’s just for us? Mentorship helps veterinary career progression, keeping you accountable and on track. Each programme and mentor will be different, but often progress updates are requested and tasks may need performing by certain dates.


3) Veterinary mentors offer a fresh point of view

An experienced pair of eyes can cast a different perspective on a situation, that might be the key you need to unlock your veterinary career.


4) Veterinary mentors can open up contacts and leads

Often, mentors are experienced in an industry or area of veterinary practice and have many routes they can help to open up for you. These may be people and influencers that you might never usually meet otherwise.


5) Your veterinary mentor is your cheerleader

Humans are goal driven beings, and having a cheerleader to help push you towards a goal with support and encouragement can really help. Working towards a target is rewarding on the good days, but on those where you really don’t feel like it, having a veterinary mentor can push you through those roadblocks and reach success.


What is a mentor? “A person who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time, especially at work.” In the veterinary sense, this could be a casual mentorship from an experienced colleague, private one-to-one mentorship with a veterinary specific mentor, or a group veterinary mentorship program. Sometimes we even have people that are mentors to us without realising that’s the role they serve.that are keen to mentor.serveAs.

To find out more about how a veterinary mentor might be able to help you, why not have a read of Are you feeling a little bit lost? By Katie Ford (jhprecruitment.co.uk)

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