We are excited to announce the launch of CVM Connect, a professional networking platform created to connect students and alumni though mentoring, leadership, and engagement.
Features of CVM Connect:
- Share your alumni experience and advice with current CVM students and support their career exploration and readiness
- Connect with the CVM community through the discussion board
- Be a short-term or long-term mentor to CVM students; you choose your commitment level
- Share job opportunities and network with alumni colleagues
Upon signing up for CVM Connect, you will have the ability to ask and answer questions on the blog-style discussion tab, post or browse job opportunities, and become a short-term flash mentor to connect with students.
To get started, click the join CVM Connect button, complete your profile, and explore the site!
House Mentorship Program
House Mentoring Program: Training Kick-off
Our first training session for the new House Mentorship Program was a success! Early in September, more than 60 alumni attended our in-person training session, with many more joining remotely via Zoom video conference. Alumni volunteers had the opportunity to join the College-wide Fall Welcome Picnic, where many of them met and talked with their student mentees. The atmosphere was energetic! We’re looking forward to continually growing the House Mentoring Program, fostering meaningful interactions between mentors and mentees. If you’re interested in being an alumni mentor, please refer to the volunteer information.
The Creation of the House Mentorship Program
Veterinary medical and technician programs are rigorous, but they can also be fun with the right support. The House System was created at the College in 2017 to promote student success and build community within the College. All Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Veterinary Technology Program students are sorted into one of four “houses,” to create opportunities for support, community, and to increase student engagement.
The House System has become well-established since its creation and now, in year two, we have an opportunity to intentionally weave in a mentorship component—a plan we’ve had since the House System’s initial creation. The House Mentorship Program was inspired by the incredible opportunity to unify faculty, students, and alumni at the College by placing DVM and veterinary technology students from each house with mentors from the start of their education.
About the House Mentorship Program
The Program will be largely managed by House faculty and lead students with support from the Office of Admissions, Student Life, and Inclusivity. Members of the Program work to support learners through social and professional integration and development.
The lead advisor in each house is the lead for communications and creating opportunities for interactions between mentors and mentees. The Program will provide roles for both faculty and alumni wishing to guide students throughout their veterinary medical or technical education. Each mentor will be sorted into a house and randomly assigned to DVM and veterinary technology students.
The Program will aim to strengthen student and mentors’ relationships and improve the connection between veterinary professionals and students. Mentors will receive training where we outline the responsibilities of mentors and mentees, and will be provided the tools necessary to support our students with emotional, social, and career support.
As part of the DVM admissions process, the College conducts Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for potential students. MMIs are a series of 6-minute interviews at 7 stations, each with its own evaluator and scenario. The scenarios address attributes we believe are important in becoming a competent and caring veterinarian like communication, maturity, and cultural competence.
Evaluators are a trained cohort of faculty, administrators, staff, and local alumni and practitioners. MMIs provide an opportunity to assess competencies, which are relevant to the College's DVM program and have been aligned with American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education competencies.
We are looking for College Alumni volunteers to serve as evaluators!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get involved! MMIs to select the Class of 2024 will run from December 2019 through February 2020.