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New Graduate Survival Manual

We're here to help you after graduation

When you walk across that stage at your veterinary school gradudation, you are beginning day one of a new life. This is both exciting and a little intimidating. You are embarking on a life of learning and service to both humankind and his/her animal wards. At first the responsibility seems daunting, but you have a very good baseline of knowledge and while your practical skills may need honing, you know how to think and how to get answers. Don't sell yourself short. New graduates bring several very important things with them to their first job:

1.  Up-to-date knowledge of the very latest breakthroughs and innovations. The astute practice owner will mine your knowledge base; it is vital to a practice to remain up to date medically, and your walk-around knowledge is a convenient source. Often times a new grad will be more adept at technological activities, such as ultrasound and computer operation than the seasoned practitioner.
2.  Enthusiasm. Most new grads have the enthusiasm of those that have worked hard to reach a goal and are ready to enjoy it. They are also keen to learn and try new things. This is a positive attitude than can be contagious to other staff members. This job is supposed to be fun, and a new grad can remind everyone that it really is.
3.  Help! The most important reason to hire you is because they need help to deal with the work they have and they want to grow the practice. Hiring you will enable these things to happen without overloading any single member - not you, the new graduate, and not your new boss.

Learn more with the New Graduate Survival Manual.

- This program is helpful if you are: a veterinary student, a new veterinary graduate.
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VIN Foundation serves animal- and human-kind by ensuring veterinary professionals have the tools,
confidence and support to thrive. Empowering ONE empowers all. 

What is the need for the VIN Foundation?

Veterinary medicine spans areas including food animal and meat inspection, academia and research, international health and public awareness, as well as cutting edge surgery, diagnostic testing, and medical treatments for every animal species. The strength and health of our pets, agriculture, research, families, and communities depend upon a healthy, vibrant, and strong veterinary profession. Supporting and advocating for individuals within the profession is the heart and soul of the VIN Foundation. By helping veterinary professionals navigate the challenges of their careers, the VIN Foundation is helping to better serve animal- and human-kind.

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The VIN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created by members of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) in 2005. VIN is an online community of veterinarians and veterinary students with over 50,000 members worldwide. The VIN Foundation is made possible through generous gifts by individual donors and grants, all gifts made to the VIN Foundation are tax deductible.

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