Congratulations recent graduate - the MVMA is here to support you at every stage of your career in veterinary medicine!
Starting out in your new profession is an exciting time as you put into practice what you learned during your veterinary education. As the only statewide voice and advocate for veterinarians, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association wants you to grow and succeed, both personally and professionally. Recent graduates are invited to join the MVMA for FREE during your first year after graduation, and at a discounted rate for the following four years. If you are moving out of state, let us assist you with contacting the local VMA in your new area.
The resources provided below will assist you in the transition from school to practice. If you do not find what you are looking for, or would like more information, please contact us so we can help you find the information you need. Don't forgot to join the MVMA on Facebook www.facebook.com/ilovemyvet and Twitter at www.twitter.com/michiganvma to get the most up-to-date information on issues that are important to you.
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Assessing Quality of Life: How Will I Know When It is Time to Say Goodbye?
Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Healer
Delivering Bad News: A Crucial Conversation
Euthanasia Decision-Making: Raising a Difficult Topic
Supporting Clients at Time of Euthanasia and Beyond
Talking with Clients About Flea Control
Clinical Pearls Courtesey of Merial
- Flea Control: Problem Solving
- The Essentials of Flea Biology
- Action Plan for Flea Control
- How Misconceptions About Flea Control Hinder Staff from Being Confident Problem Solvers
- Pet Owners: What They Think About Flea Control
- Flea Control in the Autumn
Talking to Clients About Internet Pharmacies
Talking to Clients About Money
Connections and Networking
How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search
Social Networking: How To Use it to Build Relationships with Clients
Participate on an MVMA Committee
Basic Financial Tips
Provided by the AAHA
Michigan State University Office of Financial Aid
10 Point Check List for Personal Financial Wellbeing
Creating a Budget & Calculating Debt
This tool is designed for students to use as they begin veterinary school and would like to determine what it will cost for each year so as to determine how much money they need to borrow. It also assists students who are planning their financial affairs as they prepare for life after graduation, an internship and/or a residency.
Financial Simulator Tool
Budgeting for Salary Negotiations
Compensation and Compensation Models
The following information from the American Animal Hospital Association is a comprehensive overview of compensation issues and models:
Compensation Models: How Practices Pay for Your Work
NCVEI's Compensation Evaluation Tools
USDA Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program
The Job Hunt
Start Your Job Search
Contacts with Potential Employers
Writing an Effective Cover Letter
Cover Letter Tips and Samples
Resume Tips and Samples
Getting Ready for the Interview
Prepare Your "Elevator Speech"
Creating an Effective Resume
Veterinary Career Center
Is Educational Debt a Barrier to Buying a Practice?
Transition to the Practice
10 Rules for Life After Graduation
Sample Associate Contract
Contracts and Restrictive Covenants
Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics
Find Out If You're Stressed Out
Stress Management Tips
Recognizing the Warning Signs of Burn-Out
Small Business Start-Up Guide
Working Parents: Tips & Resources
Access to Ownership
Partnership for Preventative Care
Even though the pet population is increasing, visits to veterinary hospitals have declined every year for almost a decade.
Market research has shown that as a profession, we can do a better job helping pet owners understand the value of preventive care. It is also clear that the economy is not the primary reason for the decline in visits. Experts agree that the decrease in regular visits is leading to an increase in preventable and treatable illnesses in dogs and cats. This includes diabetes, ear infections, hookworm, and dental disease, which now affects almost 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over 3 years of age.
Professional associations, veterinary schools, the animal health industry, and veterinarians are now partnering to ensure we provide the best preventive healthcare by:
• Providing education on the positive power of preventive veterinary care so that regular veterinary visits are an integral part of pet owners' lives
• Demonstrating that preventive pet healthcare and early detection will improve pet health so that owners and pets can enjoy longer and healthier lives together
• Increasing the understanding of the veterinarian's commitment and contributions to the ongoing health and happiness of pets
• Addressing the increasing prevalence of serious diseases in pets, including diabetes, heartworm disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, dental disease, ear infections, fleas and ticks, and internal parasites
Resources to Help Your Practice:
AAHA-AVMA Canine Preventative Healthcare Guidelines
AAHA-AVMA Feline Preventative Healthcare Guidelines
Learn More Here!