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New graduate places open at CVS this winter

CVS is opening a new winter intake into its New Graduate Programme, which will beginswith a a residential week in January 2023

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CVS is opening a sixth intake into its New Graduate Programme this Winter.

The intake will begin with a residential week in January 2023 to help support new graduates who have taken some time out and now want to start their career in small animal practice.

The two year programme will start with a three week induction, from 23 January to 10 February, comprising a two weeks residential training programme to practice clinical and professional skills supported by one week of applied online learning.

The residential weeks will take place at CVS’ dedicated training centre and a host practice where senior veterinarians will support graduates with their first procedures and consultations.

The online learning will take place on CVS’ Knowledge Hub virtual learning platform, which has over 400 courses and webinars available to staff.

CVS’ New Graduate Programme has been running for over 12 years and the company was the first to set up a small animal Graduate Summer Camp in 2020 to help graduates adjust to practice during COVID-19.

The new Winter 2022 camp will have places for a cohort of 30 new graduates and is particularly aimed at those who wanted to take some time out after graduation and are now ready to start the New Year in their new career.

CVS’ camps are designed to help graduate vets straight out of university to make the transition into working as a vet in everyday practice.

They enable new graduates to practice key day-one skills, re-visit essential knowledge, and provide an opportunity to learn about how CVS practices operate.

They also offer a forum for graduates to meet CVS colleagues from across the business, and bring graduates together so they have a peer-support network from the start of their career.

Martin Whiting, Director of Learning Education and Development at CVS, said: “Our summer and autumn camps have been extremely popular with graduates. So we wanted to bring a new Winter Camp on stream for graduates looking for roles this winter.

“We know that making the transition from university education into practice life can be challenging, so our camp is designed to give our graduates a smooth introduction to life as a vet, the support they will need to thrive in their roles, and the best possible experience at the start of their career.”

Designed by experienced vets, CVS provides an industry-leading graduate scheme to support these colleagues in their first years in practice.

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

The scheme also provides an experienced clinical mentor at practice level, a national support network of Hub Clinical Leads and CVS’ unique Pastoral Support Vets, and the opportunity for graduates to share experiences with fellow graduates.

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