A brand new graduate programme which will help to train the veterinary surgeons of the future launches this month, run by leading veterinary charity, PDSA.
Applications for PDSA’s Veterinary Surgeon Graduate Programme open on Monday 4 March 2013, and the programme is open to all veterinary surgeon graduates - including the current 2013 graduating student cohort.
PDSA’s Veterinary Surgeon Graduate Programme is one of the first comprehensive - UK wide - graduate schemes in the veterinary profession to combine clinical experience, development of surgical skills, promotion of preventive services and pet wellbeing education. This is delivered via a structured programme with dedicated support including mentoring, training and continuing professional development opportunities – all within a busy small animal charity practice environment.
Following the framework of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Professional Development Phase (PDP), the duration of the programme is one year. Successful applicants will be based at one of five PDSA PetAid hospitals – Glasgow East, Bradford, Liverpool Kirkdale, Stoke-on-Trent or Bow – and will also work at several other PDSA PetAid hospitals within the geographic location, building up experience in different hospitals and working with different teams. There will also be dedicated time off the veterinary rota to be able to train and coach the new graduates to develop their clinical skills.
The programme will provide the necessary experience for new graduates to effectively complete their compulsory PDP. It is hoped that those successfully completing the graduate programme will continue their careers with PDSA taking on available permanent opportunities in the charity.
Richard Hooker, PDSA Director of Veterinary Services, commented:
“At PDSA, we have great talent within our veterinary teams and we are looking to add to that even further with the launch of our Veterinary Surgeon Graduate Programme; five outstanding graduates will join us in September 2013 to be part of PDSA’s future and to develop their skills and experience as veterinary surgeons.
“On average, our PetAid hospitals see around 5,695 pets each working day – including consultations, emergency treatment, surgical procedures, through to preventative measures and education on pet wellbeing. The Veterinary Surgeon Graduate Programme will give our cohort the opportunity to gain invaluable small animal practice with the UK’s leading veterinary charity, home to some of the most experienced and long-serving vets in our profession.”
Applications are open until 29 March 2013. For further information and to apply, please visit http://pdsa.org.uk/careers/graduate-programme/how-to-applyor contact PDSA at firstname.lastname@example.org