New mentorship program from Community Veterinary Partners


CVP is a growing community of veterinary care professionals aimed at enhancing animal care

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Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) kicked off its Catapult mentorship program in Nashville, Tennessee last week. According to a company release,1 the 3-day program consisted of new veterinarians receiving personal wellness and financial coaching along with communication and delegation training. They also participated in grand rounds delivered by passionate community mentors.

The Catapult mentorship program was designed for newly graduated veterinarians and pairs them with mentors for personal and professional support and development. Catapult is one component of vetFWD, a broader leadership and professional development program for CVP team members.

"I wouldn’t have become the vet I am without the help guidance and support of others. It’s our calling to provide the same support and guidance to new doctors, so they can deliver the same care our patients expect from us. Mentorship makes all the difference, to our new colleagues, the profession, our hospitals, and our clients." said Laura Strong, DVM, CCFP, director of University Relations at CVP, in the release.1

In addition to vetFWD, CVP actively invests in the next generation of veterinarians through its work with student colleagues and externship programs, fostering relationships with several other veterinary schools around the country, and offering several scholarship programs.

“At CVP, we hope to be the community every new veterinarian graduate wants to join. Through our Catapult mentorship program, new doctors connect to experienced veterinarians available to help support both the personal and professional launch of their careers. Mentorship at CVP offers connection and support to new graduates and meaning and fulfillment to career veterinarians ensuring the profession is a healthy, supportive, and inviting place for all doctors," said CEO of CVP, Kevin Ruffe, in the release.1

Kaeli O'Connor, DVM, a recent graduate from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, said, “Catapult was an amazing opportunity for new graduates to start building essential leadership skills. I felt an instant change in my confidence coming back to work after our Nashville experience. I wish everyone could have an opportunity like this when they start their career.”1


Community Veterinary Partners launches new mentorship and leadership development program. News release. Community Veterinary Partners. October 26, 2022. Accessed November 1, 2022.

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