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816 SW Tyler, Suite 200, Topeka, KS 66612  
Phone (Kansas Toll-free) 1-888-545-5862
(Out of State) 785-233-4141
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Student/Practitioner Mentoring Program

The KVMA and KSU CVM have established a joint practitioner-student mentoring program.  It is considered that this program will benefit students, practitioners, the College and the Profession.

Students at any level of the curriculum are welcome to participate.  It is hoped that pre-veterinary students can also take advantage of this program, which aims to give students a greater understanding of "real-life" veterinary medicine.  It also aims to provide students with experiences and contacts that they might not otherwise gain in Vet School.

This is a flexible, year-round program.  Students can interact with their practitioner mentors in different ways, ranging from externships to social events.

It is considered that this program will benefit students, practitioners, the College and the Profession.

Mission Statement
To provide students with broad-based opportunities for greater learning experiences and career guidance through volunteer mentoring programs.

What is a mentor?
- A teacher, wise advisor.
- Mentoring might include teaching a specific skill, providing advice, or being a good listener. It
Does involve taking a personal interest in the life, career and aspirations of another.

Mentorship can take many forms, and it does not necessarily involve externships.

Some activities that might be shared include:

  • meeting at Cat Town and attending a game together

  • inviting them to a continuing education event

  • spending a weekend at your practice

  • fishing or hunting

How the Program Works
Step 1:
- Develop a database of volunteer veterinarians interested in providing mentoring ( externships) to KSU CVM students.

Step 2:
- Students can search the database and select practices/veterinarians that provide the types of opportunities they wish to explore.

  • Ideally, incoming freshman will be assigned a practitioner mentor (in addition to a Faculty mentor) upon commencement in the Fall term.

Mentor of the Year

  • The KVMA Foundation will sponsor a "Mentor of the Year" award.

  • Students will nominate and select a veterinarian.

  • The recipient will be recognized at the KVMA Winter Conference.

In addition, Mentors and their students will be invited to attend the annual KSU CVM breakfast during the KVMA Winter Conference.

  • Register Online Here for the KVMA-KSU CVM Mentoring Program.

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