Supporting graduate vets every step of the way

Support is important to any vet, especially during their first year in practice. We designed our Graduate Academy with this in mind.

Members of our Graduate Academy will have access to a range of CPD programmes, the support of a clinical coach in practice and various networking opportunities with their peers.

We're accepting applications for 2020 already. If you're a newly qualified and passionate vet, we'd love to hear from you!

What can our Graduate Academy do for you?

The benefits listed below are available to each and every one of our graduates.

Competitive salary

Your starting salary will be £29k per year.

Graduate Academy payment

All new graduates receive a welcome gift of £5,000, paid in 2 installments.

Clinical coach and mentor

You'll be assigned a dedicated clinical coach who'll always be on hand to help.

Holiday

You'll get 33 days' holiday every year, including bank holidays and birthday leave.

Structured CPD programme

We provide each graduate with a CPD programme, tailored to their needs and professional interests.

Professional memberships

We'll cover the cost of your RCVS, BVA and many more memberships.

Career progression

There'll be lots of opportunities to progress within our ever-growing network.

Online training

Learn in your free time with our e-CPD training programme.

Peer support

You'll be part of a network of other vets, both in your local area and across the UK.

Internal transfers

We have a process in place for internal transfers within the UK and Europe, making it easy for you to relocate.

Regular feedback & support

Our graduates receive regular advice and feedback from their clinical coach.

Training conferences

You'll be invited to attend National Vet Congress events such as LVS and BVA.

We'll give you the support you need

  • CPD training programme

    Our two-year CPD programme is designed to further your clinical knowledge base, as well as practical skills like communication, leadership & business management.

  • Dedicated clinical coaches

    Get your veterinary career off to the best start with the help of your clinical coach.

  • Fellow graduates

    You'll have the chance to share your experience with other graduates and build up your very own support network.

Meet our graduates

Carrie Daly

Graduate vet at Combefield Veterinary Hospital in Devon

Massimo Colombaroli

Graduate vet at Wards Veterinary Centre in Elgin

Patricia Astelean

Graduate vet at Deepdale Veterinary Centre in Bedford

Join the academy today

If our Graduate Academy sounds like the place for you, just follow these simple steps
  • Tell us about yourself

    We'll ask a few questions about your background, experience and preferred location

  • Send us your application 

    Upload your CV and tell us why you’d be an excellent candidate

  • We'll be in touch

    ​Before arranging an initial telephone interview, we'll contact you to discuss any questions you have

Apply now

Get in touch

No. If your practice provides their own out-of-hours care, you’ll be eased into it by your clinical coach. You won’t be placed on the OOH rota alone until your clinical coach signs you off to be able to do so.
Absolutely! Many of our graduates do this. You’ll also be able to take large animal CPD sessions, and even our Farm Only programme, which we launched this year.
The choice is yours. Our group comprises over 1,000 practices across 10 European countries, so there are plenty of options. In your application, you can apply for one specific practice or a number of practices in your preferred area. We’ll discuss the available vacancies with you and contact the relevant practices to arrange an interview.
Yes. We have a process in place for internal transfers.
Graduates usually spend 12 days a year attending our CPD programmes, which include a variety of wet lab sessions, practical workshops and seminars on a range of topics.
Absolutely! We are proud to welcome applicants from overseas, whether in Europe or further afield. So long as you’re eligible to register with the RCVS, we look forward to hearing from you. We can also support you with visa sponsorship.

Further questions about the academy?

Get in touch

If you have any questions that haven't been answered here, just send us an email:

GARecruitment@independentvetcare.co.uk

We'll aim to get back to you within 5 working days

Still at university?

If you're studying to be a vet, we offer EMS placements at a variety of different practices across the UK.