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 and Twitter at to get the most up-to-date information on issues that are important to you.

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Common Practice Guidelines and Other Resources
Communication Strategies

Connections and Networking
Financial Planning
Job Search
Transitioning to the Practice
Partnership for Preventative Care

Communication Strategies 

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

  1. Flea Control: Problem Solving
  2. The Essentials of Flea Biology
  3. Action Plan for Flea Control
  4. How Misconceptions About Flea Control Hinder Staff from Being Confident Problem Solvers
  5. Pet Owners: What They Think About Flea Control
  6. 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

Financial Planning

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 Overview
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

Mentorship Agreement

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

Associate Contracts

Sample Associate Contract

Contracts and Restrictive Covenants

DEA License

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

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