WSVMA Mentoring Program

Welcome to the WSVMA Mentoring Program! The WSVMA Mentoring Program’s goal is to ease the transition from veterinary college to the workforce by establishing mentorships with practicing veterinarians. These relationships can assist veterinary students with planning senior clinical year rotations, job search skills (resume preparation, interview tips, search strategies), and exploring career options in the veterinary field. After graduation, mentors can provide guidance for professional and personal challenges during the first year of practice (time management, client communication skills, stress relief, etc.).

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Program Participation and Mentor Selection
How does the program work?
The Benefits are Endless
How do I become a mentor?
How do I find a mentor?


Program Participation and Mentor Selection

  • Mentors are WSVMA members who have volunteered to mentor one or more mentees.
  • Mentees are Washington State University veterinary students, or recent graduates from another veterinary school that move to Washington State.
  • The mentoring period will range depending on the mentor and mentee needs.
    • For relationships that begin during a WSU veterinary student’s education, it will extend for a mutually agreed upon time, although a minimum of one year should be expected.
    • For relationships that begin post-graduation, it will extend for a mutually agreed upon time, although a minimum of one year should be expected. Post-graduate mentoring is for WSVMA members who are within five years of graduation.
  • Mentor profiles will be posted on the WSVMA website for mentees to choose from, and their names will be removed when they have filled their quota of mentees at any given time.
  • Mentors may choose how many individuals they choose to mentor at any given time.

How does the program work?

  • The mentor/mentee team will decide the goals of their individual program and their preferred methods for achieving these goals.
  • Mentors are encouraged to contact their mentee on a regular basis (i.e. monthly) by any means found to be mutually acceptable (i.e. in person, telephone, email, etc).
  • Mentors may consider:
    • Meeting together for social activities
    • Offering externships or job-shadow opportunities for mentees
    • Collaborating on a project of mutual interest.
    • Extending invitations to WSVMA events or CE opportunities
    • Sponsoring a student to attend the WSVMA Annual Conference and then join them there.
  • Mentors are discouraged from giving advice on personal or emotional issues that would be better served by an on-campus or other professional counselor.
  • If at any time the mentor or mentee finds the relationship is not working, they can notify the WSVMA, who will help both parties find a more suitable match.

The Benefits are Endless

As a mentor, you can strengthen your coaching and leadership skills and feel a sense of accomplishment as you guide tomorrow’s leaders. Mentoring can create a legacy that has lasting impact not only on you and your practice but also on the veterinary profession.

As a mentee, you can build your skill and knowledge base, have access to help with professional goals or problem situations, grow personally and professionally, network with other professionals and perhaps find possible externship opportunities.

How do I become a mentor?

First, be willing to be an effective mentor: communicate openly and honestly, remain non-judgmental and maintain confidentiality; determine needs of the mentee and help them set realistic goals; share knowledge and experience; model high professional and moral character; introduce and expose mentees to new opportunities; and motivate and inspire mentees to do and be their best.

Email or call Sherri Dean at the WSVMA office with your intent to become a mentor and to give permission to be included in the Find a Mentor online database. Please provide the following information:

  1. Special interests or areas of expertise
  2. Personal information such as hobbies, volunteerism, family information or other information you wish to share about yourself.

Once you’ve indicated your intent to be a mentor, your WSVMA membership information, along with information provided above, will be included on the website. Once you’ve established your mentor/mentee relationship(s), you can contact the WSVMA to have your name removed from the Find a Mentor database until you’re ready to engage another mentee.

How do I find a mentor?

Students and recent graduates interested in finding a mentor can search the WSVMA Find a Mentor online database. You can search for mentors based on location, practice type, etc. Once you find your mentor and establish your relationship, communicate regularly and if possible, set up in-person meetings such as social activities or professional gatherings. You and your mentor can work to set goals of mutual interest.

WSVMA’s Find a Mentor searchable database is for members only and is password protected. If there are any difficulties accessing this search function, please contact Sherri Dean at the WSVMA office.

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I understand that participation in the WSVMA Mentorship Program is voluntary. I understand that the mentoring process is a partnership, with both parties freely contributing to the discussion as equals working together, based upon mutual respect. I understand that all information discussed should remain strictly confidential.

I understand that WSVMA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information shared between the Mentor and Mentee. WSVMA disclaims all warranties with regard to information shared between the Mentor and Mentee or any third party. In no event shall WSVMA be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information shared between the Mentor and Mentee.

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