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cvp student colleague program

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The hands-on experience and mentorship you need

The CVP Student Colleague Program is the first step to creating a successful and fulfilling career as a veterinarian. This 8-week program is designed to make a difference from the onset of your veterinary career, and have a positive impact on the lives of the pets you will care for and their families. All 8-week CVP Student Colleague participants are offered a $2,000 housing/travel stipend in addition to earning $4,000 in compensation.

Applications are closed for the 2024 program. Check back next fall!

  • put your passion to work
    Work alongside seasoned veterinary professionals delivering unparalleled patient and client care with uncompromising compassion. Experience firsthand what it’s like to be part of our family as a CVP Student Colleague.
  • grow your network
    Participate in CVP’s Student Colleague Vet-Together event, an in-person networking and educational all expenses-paid weekend. Expand your network beyond your host-clinic and into the CVP community of care providers by meeting other mentoring veterinarians and CVP leadership during the event.
  • get the support you need
    Improve and enhance your technical, leadership, and problem-solving skills through hands-on, clinical work. CVP Student Colleagues receive a $2000 housing/travel stipend in addition to $4,000 compensation.
  • make the most of your summer & beyond
    Collaborate with fellow colleagues through online meet-n-greets and attend local Veterinary Medical Continuing Education events as available.
  • find your fit
    Experience your host-clinic’s unique culture, the culture of the CVP community, and the industry, helping you get more familiar with what you want in your future career.
  • exclusive invitation to Vet-Together
    Receive an exclusive invitation to participate in CVP’s Student Colleague Vet-Together event, an in-person, all-expenses paid trip to Philadelphia with fellow student colleague participants, mentoring veterinarians and leadership from the CVP community. Experience the city of brotherly love through food, fun, networking and education.

The guidance you receive and relationships you build will remain invaluable wherever your career takes you. Take the first step in creating your dream career with the CVP Student Colleague Program. Join CVP. Join the pet people people.

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hear from others like you
  • "The CVP Student Colleague Program was different from others I had experienced. I was emotionally and financially supported by CVP and they were really connected with me the whole time. Everyone at my hospital site was very accepting and being new, regardless of being a student or not, is scary. You want to feel welcome; you don’t want to feel like you’re in the way or that you’re a burden, and I never felt that way as a CVP Student Colleague. The program was exceptional in many ways, but especially at Chippens Hill where I ..."

    Dr. Amanda DeJesus, Associate Veterinarian Chippens Hill Animal Hospital | Past CVP Student Colleague
  • "When you first graduate, there is much more pressure and stress than anyone expects. Having gained the mentor relationship during my time as a CVP Student Colleague, I felt better prepared for what to expect after graduation. It’s not just about the medicine, but about the personal and emotional support and always having access to the guidance I needed when a challenge arose. Fostering those relationships made my post-grad experience very positive."

    Dr. Rachel Pound, Associate Veterinarian Paradise Animal Hospital | Past CVP Student Colleague
  • "I mainly used the self-guided resources available in the free Ginger app from CVP. I enjoyed all the different modules, and that the app would recommend different ones to me based on what I said I was interested in. Due to the busy schedule of being a vet student, it was nice to have something I could do to better my mental/emotional health that was quick and didn't have to be scheduled, and I’m grateful that CVP made this available to student colleagues."

    Madison Ketchie CVP Student Ambassador | CVP Student Colleague
  • "Being a CVP Student Ambassador, I felt like I had an advantage in the veterinary industry having had the opportunity to meet other vet students, and other CVP veterinarians and executives. It was a great way to connect with people in the industry and classmates at other vet schools as well. I think that one of the biggest things for me though, is that it helped me build confidence and reassured me that I wasn't alone in the veterinary world. People talk about how small the veterinary world is, but in reality, when you're a ..."

    Dr. Casey Hagg former CVP LMU Clinical Affiliate and CVP Student Ambassador
    Liverpool Animal Health Center
Dr. pearson

Dr. Karen Pearson brings a lifelong commitment to the well-being of creatures, furry or otherwise, to her role as Director of University Relations.

As former lead doctor of Paradise Hospital, part of the CVP community, Dr. Pearson now mentors and guides students to reach their fullest potential. She is driven by helping students become the best version of themselves and empowering future veterinarians as they navigate their career paths.

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Applications are closed for the 2024 program. Check back next fall!