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High hopes for your first job?

You've written essays, you've passed exams. Now it's time to be a vet. To do exactly what you've trained for. Our Graduate Academy will help you do just that, thanks to a structured CPD programme and access to fantastic mentors.

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The IVC Opportunity

There are lots of reasons to take your first step with IVC. Here are just a few:

  • Structured Support

    Support by a clinical coach in practice, a self-selected personal mentor, regular CPD events with programmed year group and much more.

  • We Offer Great Rewards

    We care about attracting the right talent. So we offer all our new graduates a £5,000 golden hello, paid in two parts over the first 12 months.

  • Opportunities across the UK

    With over 900 practices, there are graduate opportunities in practices all across the UK.

  • We set the gold standard

    We're committed to being the UK's number one choice of vet graduates, enabling you to become the best you can be.

  • An industry leading CPD programme

    You'll spend at least 12 days a year taking part in off-site training including wet lab sessions, seminars, annual congress attendance, plus and online resource membership.

  • Career development

    We continue to encourage and help facilitate further development of skills and special interests once the initial two year programme is completed.

Introducing the new Independent Vetcare EMS Programme

Developing excellence for the vets of tomorrow

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Michaela's Story

Andale Veterinary Surgery

"For my first job I wanted a practice that was supportive but also where I was allowed to develop my skills and being part of the IVC graduate scheme has been great."

Michaela's Story

Henny's story

Abington Park Veterinary Hospital, Northampton

“For my first job as a qualified vet I was looking for somewhere that would encourage me to develop my own individual style as a clinician whilst ensuring I would receive support when I needed it."

Henny's story

Femke's Story

Kessock Equine Vets

"I have wanted to live in the Highlands even before I wanted to be a vet, so getting the offer to join Kessock Equine Vets was a dream come true for me."

Femke's Story

Mark's Story

Sheriffs Highway Vets

"I'd recommend it to any new grad feeling nervous about graduating and working for the first time as a Vet"

Mark's Story

Lesley's Story

"I feel I have benefited from every single CPD event so far in my first year of the IVC Graduate Academy."

Lesley's Story


You'll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. But if you can't find the answer you're looking for, get in touch.

  • What CPD is included in the programme?

    Our graduates spend a minimum of 12 days a year out of practice attending the IVC graduate academy CPD programme, which includes a variety of wet lab sessions, practical workshops and seminars on the topics below.

  • Where would I be located?

    Thanks to our network of over 700 practices across the UK and Ireland, if a successful applicant has a geographical preference, we will always prioritise them as a match with a suitable practice in that area. We then arrange for a meeting between the applicant and the practice so that they can decide if they will be a good fit.

  • Can I speak with any of your current new graduates?

    We are always happy to put prospective applicants in touch with students currently taking part in the IVC Graduate Academy or with one of our Vets who has now completed it. Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep to date with what our graduates are up to.

  • What support do I get in practice as a graduate?

    Each graduate has a vet as their Clinical Coach in their practice, this is either the practices Clinical Director or an experienced senior vet within the practice team. All Clinical Coaches have been through the IVC clinical coaching training that has been specifically designed to ensure that as well as being excellent clinicians, those coaching new grads have a good approach.

  • Do I have to do out of hours straight away?

    No. If a practice doesn’t use an external company to cover out of hours, it is part of the IVC Graduate Academy guidelines that new graduates on the programme are not to be on the practices OOH's rota in month 1, 2nd on call only month 2 and only if their Clinical Coach is happy do they go on the OOH's rota in month 3.

  • Can I do mixed practice or small animal only?

    We have a number of graduates working in mixed practices that includes small animal work. At present the CPD programme is written focusing on companion animals with many of the events such as ultrasonography and pathology being applicable cross species, however equine and large animal CPD is something this is currently in development to further cater for our mixed practice vets.

IVC Graduate Academy Brochure

Find out more about our Graduate Academy

Apply for 2020

If you would like to apply to join the IVC Graduate Academy or would like further information, please upload your CV and tell us why you think you’d be an excellent candidate to join the programme.

We will then be in touch to discuss any questions you may have before progressing your application through to an initial phone interview.

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