This program encourages sustainability in the veterinary industry, plus fairly compensates new graduates.
Bond Vet recently released MADE (Mentorship, Advancement, Development, & Education)—a fully-paid, 16-week proprietary mentorship program for recent veterinary graduates. It aims to help them transition from a background of theoretical knowledge to an application of their medicine in the real world among different cases.
According to a company release,1 MADE serves as an alternative to the traditional internship program completed in a referral hospital where doctors rotate through specialties. The average intern is compensated ~$30,000 for a 60-to-80-hour week, often leading to burnout and fatigue before their career can truly take off.
Burnout, compassion fatigue, and staﬃng shortages are plaguing the veterinary industry, and there are few job opportunities for new graduates. Most typically involve low-paying specialty rotations or a new job lacking structured, positive onboarding.
“Bond Vet has reimagined the modern veterinary clinic with an emphasis on same-day urgent care and primary care,” said Feliza Lopez LVT, medical education associate and MADE program lead, in the release.1
“Specialty medicine would not exist without primary care, so creating a space where new grads have access to mentorship and support while earning a liveable wage is exactly why we created MADE,” she added.
The MADE program prepares graduates to master urgent care, a realm of veterinary medicine that Bond Vet has spearheaded. According to the release,1 the program covers various body systems, soft skills, and focus areas for surgery. Future veterinarians are given reading material and quizzes to assess their knowledge weekly. Plus, they have access to lectures from Bond Vet veterinarians and engage in case study hours.
What’s more, the graduates are paid throughout MADE with a salary reflective of their work at the hospital to help them begin paying off student loan debt.
“This industry over indexes for burnout and suicide, and it doesn’t have to be that way—we’re taking better care of our doctors so they can take better care of pets,” says Zay Satchu, DVM, co-founder, and chief veterinary oﬃcer at Bond Vet, in the release.1
“We designed MADE to better serve our new doctors and start their career on the right foot—it’s the ﬁrst step in elevating the veterinarian’s quality of life,” she continued.
Bond Vet launches MADE, a proprietary mentorship program for new veterinary graduates. News release. Bond Vet. March 29, 2022. Accessed March 30, 2022.