Jazzing it up in Nola with the Compass Mentoring Program!

The AVMA’s Compass Mentoring Program has expanded to partner with the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). We couldn’t have picked a better place to grow the program than the wonderful city of New Orleans, where, with the generous support of Zoetis, a luncheon was hosted on Aug. 3 to introduce a great group of enthusiastic mentors to students, veterinary technicians and first-time attendees of the AAV’s Annual Conference. Casual roundtable discussions, on topics such as career path navigation and work/life balance, allowed attendees to get to know each other and learn more about the benefits of organized veterinary medicine.

The Compass Mentoring Program, originally piloted with the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association in October 2012, is a partnership between the AVMA, state veterinary medical associations, allied organizations and Zoetis. Developed by the inaugural class of AVMA Future Leaders, Compass matches mentees and mentors based on common interests and goals. Within a week of the event in New Orleans, 18 mentee/mentor pairs were formed and all were excited to begin their mentoring relationship. Here’s what one of our attendees had to say about the Compass Mentoring Program:

“I have never had this opportunity at conferences organized by other professional organizations.  It is a great idea and a wonderful way for ‘newbies’ to break the ice and meet well-respected leaders in the professional field.  Thank you for the opportunity!”

The event could not have been successful without the dedication and passion of Drs. Robert Groskin and Larry Linnetz from the AAV. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the luncheon and look forward to our continued partnership!

 Compass Mentoring Program luncheon

Photograph courtesy of Dr. Robert Groskin

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