This is the CVS Graduate Programme

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

What about a graduate programme that offers you tailored support, development and CPD in a choice of disciplines ranging from our most popular Small Animal and extending to Equine, Large Animal and Mixed roles too?

How about a programme that offers you the right support network and clinical mentoring in your practice, as well as dedicated CPD days throughout the year - CPD days that allow you to share experiences with fellow graduates, whilst also supporting you with clinical skills, business insight, wellbeing support and resilience techniques from the start?

We are extremely proud of the CVS Graduate Programme and have supported over 400 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 now welcoming applications for the CVS Graduate Programme 2018 and will be holding assessment days at locations in the South West, South East, Midlands, North of England and Scotland in February and March 18.

These are just some of the practices you could be based in

We have over 500 practice sites across the UK and have some fantastic openings at our practices for the 2018 Graduate Programme. The list would be too long if we named every practice with Graduate Programme opportunities for 2018, so instead, please see below just a handful of the small animal, equine, large animal and mixed practices where positions will be available in 2018. Don’t worry if your preferred practice or location isn’t on the list – you are able to let us know the type of practice and location/s or practice/s you would like to work in when you apply.

This is what some of our vets on the CVS Graduate Programme say

“When you’re working in practice, what you are responsible for hits you - that animal under anaesthetic is your responsibility, it’s on you. All the teaching in the world can’t prepare you for that moment. That’s why the support on the graduate programme and in practice is so vital.”Daisy Sutton MRCVS, Studley Road Vets

“The New Graduate Programme has been a fantastic learning opportunity. It has helped me to hit the ground running with a wide-range of CPD and an opportunity to meet fellow New Graduate colleagues to share the highs and lows of our first year in practice.”Will Lawrance MRCVS, West Mount Vets

These are just some of the benefits of the programme

  • A starting salary of £30,900, rising after year one and then again after year two to over £36,000 (plus the chance to earn added bonus)
  • 10 CPD days a year covering both clinical and non-clinical skills with a selection of CPD days that you can chose from to suit you, your interests and your practice role – such as dedicated small animal, equine and large animal streams
  • A committed and trained clinical mentor with regular meetings to support your transition from student to qualified vet
  • The option to undertake short-term externships in OOHs at our dedicated ECC centres and/or specific disciplines at one of our referral hospitals
  • The opportunity to move practice, mentor future graduates, undertake a fully funded certificate, remain where you are and continue to develop into an outstanding GP or to pursue a different career path in referrals, laboratories or non-clinical role after you have completed the scheme

This is what to do now

Applications for the CVS Graduate Programme 2018 are now open!

We know that choosing your first role after graduating is an important choice and also believe that recruitment is very much a two way process. Therefore, we aim to make the process of interviewing as informative for you as it is for us. So if you are successful in your application and invited to one of our assessment days, you will not only undertake a series of stretching but enjoyable exercises designed to help us learn more about you but, also, will get the chance to meet some of our experienced vets and leaders, as well as hearing from vets who are currently enrolled on the CVS Graduate Programme.

So take your first steps onto the CVS Graduate Programme 2018 by selecting ‘View all Graduate and EMS Placement Jobs’ and apply today!

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Daisy Sutton

Veterinary Surgeon – CVS New Graduate Programme

Studley Road Vets

This is Daisy's story.


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