A graduate programme to develop the next generation of vets is set to more than double its intake of recruits six months after launch.

Rob Williams
VetPartners director Rob Williams.

VetPartners set up its graduate programme with the aim of recruiting, developing and retaining young vets, but its expansion as a group to 28 practices has increased demand for career opportunities from young vets.

Some 20 first-year vets are on the programme, but director Rob Williams is expecting at least 50 final-year students to be placed across practices within the VetPartners group in the next intake.

‘Big success’

Mr Williams said: “Our graduate programme has been a big success for students, practices and VetPartners. We now have final-year university students approaching us for a place in the next intake, which is great because it shows word is spreading about the success of the programme.

“To have more than doubled the number of young vets on the programme in the space of only six months is a real testament to the work we have been doing.

“We expect around 50 new vets to be placed in our practices after university, and they will benefit from the best possible start to their working life by being part of our graduate programme.”

Modules

VetPartners – established in 2015 and employing more than 350 vets – set up the programme to run over two years, with graduates completing 10 CPD modules – including dentistry, emergency medicine, feline medicine, and skin and ear disease – in the first year while on day release from their practice.

They then study four modules in their second year.

Young vets are provided with a solid foundation on which to build a long-term veterinary career, with regular CPD, a chance to meet up with other graduates and an opportunity to be mentored at practice level, while developing clinical and commercial skills.

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