The second year of Independent Vetcare’s (IVC) graduate academy programme has seen the number of entrants increase from 15 to 43.

Pictured above: the 2014-15 graduate academy alumni.

Through CPD, in-practice mentoring and hands-on clinical and surgical experience, the academy aims to deliver employment and training for new graduates and provide them with a rewarding and long-term career path.

IVC chief executive David Hillier said: “Our aim for the graduate academy is that every year we recruit more highly skilled and talented individuals and help them develop into our clinical directors of the future. The scheme is expanding every year, with plans to welcome 60 in the 2016-17 academic year.

“With now 175 practices across the UK we are able to guarantee to provide our academy graduates with an unrivalled level of support, focus and a huge range of opportunities.”

Matthew Erskine has joined year one of the graduate academy, working at The Oaks Veterinary Centre in Ayrshire.

He said: “I was lucky to be offered a place on the IVC scheme after attending an assessment centre. As a new graduate, it is quite daunting to face the daily realities of life as a veterinary surgeon, after years of learning the theory and honing skills in a safe environment.

“I was drawn to the academy primarily because of the ongoing programme of CPD and mentor support featured in the starting package. Many of my friends starting new jobs elsewhere are finding the level of support offered by the academy is sadly, very rare.”

Veterinary students in their final year who wish to apply for a place on IVC’s graduate academy programme can send their CV to

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