NZVET Mentoring Support

The NZVA partners with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), Massey University School of Veterinary Science, and the Veterinary Professional Insurance Society (VPIS) to provide a mentoring support programme for new veterinarians in Aotearoa.

NZVET Mentoring Support is a structured mentoring programme designed to support new graduates as they enter the profession. We use mentoring software platform Mentorloop to match recent graduates with experienced professionals.

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) and is an effective way of helping people progress in their careers.

With your mentor, you can:

  • share your experiences, bounce ideas around, and get advice and support in your career
  • build a support system for these critical stages of your career development
  • improve your personal and professional confidence
  • set personal and professional goals and work towards them with regular guidance and support
  • learn about career development opportunities and expand your career network
  • contribute towards your continuing professional development (CPD) and peer contact activity requirements for your Annual Practicing Certificate

Sign up for NZVET Mentoring Support

Read our Mentoring Manual

Become a mentor

We are always looking for volunteer mentors to share their knowledge, skills and experience to help guide recent graduates and help them reach their potential.

As a mentor, you will:

  • develop your professional skills through our comprehensive online mentor training
  • improve your personal skills in mentoring, listening, leadership, feedback and management
  • have the opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to the veterinary profession
  • contribute towards your continuing professional development (CPD) and peer contact activity requirements for your Annual Practicing Certificate
  • get personal satisfaction from making a difference in someone's life, both professionally and personally
  • help the next generation of veterinarians reach their potential. 


All mentors and mentees have access to a free, online course developed by the NZVA, VCNZ and Crampton Consulting Group. The course highlights the important features of a successful mentoring relationship and will help you understand the roles and responsibilities of both the mentee and mentor.

Register for the training course


Who can be a mentor?

You don’t have to be a veterinarian to be a mentor in the NZVET Mentoring Support programme. People from a diverse range of backgrounds may have the experience and knowledge to support a veterinarian. 

If you're interested in becoming a mentor, please apply using the link below.

Sign up as a mentor

Read our Mentoring Manual

For more information about the NZVET Mentoring Support programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator:

Leanne Fecser
p: 04 495 1144