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Mentorship accreditation

Any practice going through an AAHA accreditation evaluation may choose to add the mentorship standards as an optional, no-cost addition to their evaluation

Why should practices pursue the optional mentorship standards?

Mentoring is a key activity by which employers can successfully facilitate a new associate's entry into the hospital environment. The mentor provides valuable knowledge, expertise, and support, while the mentee provides enthusiasm and an open mind. This solutions-focused attitude reflects positively on the entire hospital.

What’s in it for my practice?

Structured mentorship helps create more confident, knowledgeable, and productive associates while reducing turnover and staff conflict. Mentoring improves hospital culture, productivity, communication, and efficiency. It can help promote long-term job satisfaction and facilitate adoption of best practices. Ultimately, mentoring relationships lead to improved patient care and overall enhanced hospital performance.

Why were the mentorship standards created?

AAHA recognized that the skillsets developed during a veterinarian's first year in practice are crucial to their professional future. Mentoring is invaluable during this time. AAHA supports the mentoring process and has created and formalized standards for this.

Who can pursue mentorship accreditation?

Any practice going through an AAHA evaluation may choose the mentorship standards as an optional, no-cost addition to their evaluation.

Are the mentorship standards a mandatory part of the accreditation evaluation?

No, they are completely optional.

What does it cost to add mentorship standards?

There is no additional cost to add the mentorship standards as part of your accreditation evaluation.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is often defined as a professional relationship in which a mentor (the experienced person) assists the mentee (a relative newcomer to a profession) in developing skills and knowledge to enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

What is the mentor’s responsibility?

A mentor is a guide who helps direct the mentee in their career. Mentors usually have had similar experiences and understand what the mentee will need to learn and what issues they may encounter. A mentor should challenge the mentee by asking questions and provide guidance and encouragement. The mentoring process should help the mentee build their self-confidence and enhance their skillset.

What are the definitions of "mentor" and "mentee"?

The mentor typically has several years of professional experience (although there is no minimum requirement). A mentor is not the same as a supervisor, although one person can serve in both roles. The mentee is typically a team member, junior colleague, or a new associate.