Are you looking for a complete graduate programme, designed by experienced vets, which will fully support you in your first years in practice?

The CVS New Graduate Programme is tailor-made, offering you the right support network in practice by ensuring you have an experienced clinical mentor working alongside you in your practice. In addition you will attend dedicated Continued Professional Development (CPD) days, supporting the development of your clinical skills and non-clinical skills, including self-leadership, teamwork, wellbeing, resilience and business, whilst also providing the opportunity for you to share experiences with fellow graduates.

We have over 500 practice sites across the UK and have some fantastic openings at our practices for the 2022 Graduate Programme.

We are extremely proud of the CVS Graduate Programme and have supported over 750 brilliant graduates with the programme since 2015. We are always learning and working hard to constantly evolve the programme each year – in order to provide you with the best support and opportunity for your first years in practice.  We are confident that 2022 will be even better, read on to find out more…

CVS New Graduate Summer Camp 2022 - Small Animal

After an amazingly successful Summer Camp in 2021, we are delighted to be running it again in 2022. We want to continue to help make the transition into working as a fully-fledged vet as smooth and enjoyable as possible for you. People are at the heart of our strategy and we endeavour to provide our colleagues with the best possible experience and provide them with all the support they will need to not only cope but to thrive in their roles

The 3-week Summer Camp will comprise a two-week residential training programme supported by one week of applied online learning, delivered through Knowledge Hub, our fantastic virtual learning environment.  We will be running residential weeks in the North and South of the UK in both August and September 2022.

The Summer Camp will:

  • enable us to meet our new graduates in person so that we can welcome you to CVS
  • allow our new grads to practice key day-one skills and re-visit essential knowledge
  • bring graduates together so they get to know colleagues and have a peer-support network right from the start
  • provide you with the opportunity to learn about CVS and how our practices operate

We want to make the transition into working as a fully-fledged vet as smooth as possible and for our new grads to enjoy their job from day 1.

This is what some of our vets have to say about Summer Camp 2021  

“I’ve really enjoyed the Summer Camp 2021. It’s been a great way of being eased into the working world from being a student to a fully fledged vet”

“It was a great opportunity to meet other people in the same position as me and talk through everything about being a new grad"

“I found the Summer Camp 2021 really helpful. I feel a lot more confident now going into practice”

These are just some of the benefits of the small animal programme

  • 3 paid weeks for summer camp before starting in practice
  • Salary of £31,000 which increases to £33,500 at the end of year 1 and £36,500 at the end of year 2
  • No financial tie-in beyond completion of the programme.
  • Professional memberships (RCVS & VDS).
  • Up to 7 weeks annual leave plus Bank Holidays (or equivalent) with our Buy/Sell holiday scheme - allowing you to purchase an additional two weeks of annual leave
  • Receive an extra days leave each year in your first 5 years at CVS.
  • 10 CPD days a year covering both clinical and non-clinical skills and tailored to your clinical role. 
  • Unlimited access to hundreds of free webinars and courses available via Knowledge Hub.
  • A committed and trained clinical buddy working alongside you in practice, with regular meetings to support your transition from student to qualified vet.
  • Workplace pension scheme.
  • Discounted pet treatments.
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 365 days a year helpline to support you and your immediate family when you need it the most.
  • Discounted UK gym membership with Gym Flex.
  • Performance bonus scheme.
  • Opportunity to enrol onto the country's first Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Veterinary) degree programme in conjunction with Nottingham Vet School – providing you with both a masters qualification and certAVP
  • Internal transfers – with a network of over 500 practices we can support you should you need to relocate
  • Recommend a Friend: Financial bonus up to £3000!

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In 2022 we will have opportunities for New Graduate Vets to work within small animal, farm and equine practice.  To take your first steps onto the CVS Graduate Programme, please search our current graduate opportunities and apply.

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