Medivet Training Programmes
Our Graduate Support Programme
Your first job is an important step towards ensuring a successful and fulfilling career. We recognise the importance of supporting you as an individual. This is why we have a graduate support scheme, The Residency Programme.
Your job satisfaction and clinical excellence is important to us. We know working as a newly graduated veterinary surgeon can be daunting, especially when working in a clinic that consistently practices to the highest standards.
On day one, you might not possess the full range of consulting, medical and surgical skills you need before working independently. Many new graduates prefer a period of time to learn and practice under close, careful and guided supervision.
As a new graduate on The Residency Programme, you will be placed in an experienced partner run practice for an initial period of three to six months. During this time our close supervision and a tailored approach will enable fast track development.
Our experience shows that, within three to six months, you should be able to perform a number of procedures unassisted, including:
- Lump removals
- Treating abscesses
- Taking blood samples
- Positioning X-rays correctly
- Taking blood pressure measurements
Of course, we also want you to feel comfortable in the consulting room when communicating with owners.
Our regular and ongoing performance reviews assess your abilities, highlighting areas of strength, as well as those requiring further development. This ensures your learning can be directed to facilitate your timely achievement of comprehensive clinical skills.
Running parallel to this is our very popular “Buddy Programme”. As a new Medivet vet, you will be assigned a buddy (mentor). Their focus is on helping to support your development within the partnership at all levels; this includes clinical ability, communication, familiarity of policies and procedures, and even help in developing a healthy work-life balance.
We also know that, as new graduates, you will come to us full of questions. We have more than 200 vets within Medivet and we all work together as a team to share our knowledge and experience. This means there is always someone you can turn to if there is anything you are unsure about, so you can always feel confident.
Training to suit you
Once you’re ready to move on from the programme you will be placed into a floating role or become a branch assistant, with the support of your buddy. This way you can progress and develop your skills and career within the Medivet family.
Graduate Support Programme benefits package:
- Competitive salary of £21,000 pa (increasing to £24,000 pa upon successful completion of the programme)
- Substantial allowance towards housing (this will double upon successful completion of the programme!)
- A vehicle or an allowance for the duration of the residency (you will still benefit from this upon successful completion of the programme)
- Generous CPD allowance kicking in straight after
To apply for the graduate support programme, please send your CV and covering letter to Daniel or Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Buddy System, there to support you...
We like to ensure that your development with us is focused, individualised and effective. People are more motivated and learn best when they can see that their development plan is relevant to their job role. Our coaching is focused on improving on-the-job performance in technical areas, as well as soft skills such as communication, managing people or dealing with difficult clients.
Irrespective of whether you are newly qualified or experienced, when you join Medivet you will get your own personal Buddy to support you. The Buddy is a resource to help solve problems and give you objective and relevant feedback. Clinical and non-clinical goals can be set by you, and your progress will be monitored by you and your Buddy to ensure continuous improvement.
The role of the Buddy is to give support to our new team members in a friendly and relaxed but structured way. In order to achieve this there will be regular meetings with your Buddy to ensure you are well looked after. Your Buddy is your go-to person should you have any questions or concerns. This system is designed to encourage enthusiasm for the job which overall leads to a happier team.
Your Buddy will help you to identify the core reasons for your success or challenges to overcome. During your discussions, clinical questions might also be raised. Our less experienced staff can be overwhelmed when it comes to making clinical decisions and appreciate having a Buddy to ask in these situations.
Newly qualified vets also get their Buddy’s support in completing their PDP.
...practice the way you were taught
Join The Medivet Training College
Here at Medivet, we have a dedicated training college based at our Support Centre in Watford. It is here that we will give you the opportunity to develop your career in the veterinary industry as a veterinary nurse.
Our aim at Medivet is to provide you with the opportunity to begin your veterinary profession in an entry role, with the view to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse.
We are able to achieve this via our work-based learning course. This is where students work in practice to gain valuable experience, whilst at the same time attend our dedicated training college once a week. We have found that both of these elements together create the perfect balance for veterinary nurse training.
Our veterinary nursing courses are awarded by City & Guilds, and accredited by the RCVS, showing they are of the very highest standard. Our committed, dedicated and experienced teaching staff aim to give you the very best education and training opportunities within the veterinary profession.
Find out more about what it’s like at the Medivet Training College, including module details, facilities information, course fees and what support is available to you in our Medivet Training College prospectus.
Download your print-friendly prospectus here:
Read what some of our students say about training with the Medivet Training College:
“I gained the knowledge and skills to work competently as a veterinary nurse”
“Staff are very helpful and friendly”
“Lots of different styles of learning through-out the course which applied to everyone”
“Without all of the amazing support from the MTC staff, I would never have achieved this qualification. They all do an amazing job and I’ll always be thankful!”
Apply for a place at the Medivet Training College
In order to enrol onto our veterinary nursing course, you must be employed as a patient care assistant by Medivet. If you have the necessary qualifications (these are stated in our college prospectus and on our FAQ’s page), and are aged 18 or over, please take a look at our current vacancies webpage.
Alternatively, you can send your CV along with a covering letter and your preferred locations to our recruitment officer Ellie, at email@example.com
Too Far to Travel?
Don’t worry, you can still be a student veterinary nurse with us.
We will train you at one of our veterinary practices and you can study at a local supporting college near you, instead of at our Medivet Training College.
If you would like further information about this, please contact our college team who will be happy to assist you.