Executive Summary

AAHA recognizes how vital mentorship is for veterinary professionals and all practice team members, regardless of their current role, training, and/or experience. The value of mentoring increases during career transitions such as for new hires, those recently promoted or changing roles, and others implementing new protocols or programs. Effective mentoring relationships give veterinary professionals the tools and perspectives to thrive, grow, and persevere in their workplaces and professional journeys.

These guidelines provide a practical, action-oriented roadmap organized as follows:

  • Definition of mentorship, including models and delivery options.
  • Why veterinary medicine requires mentoring now more than ever.
  • Benefits for mentors and mentees.
  • Roles, responsibilities, and reasonable expectations for mentors and mentees.
  • Key elements for successful mentoring relationships.
  • Plan for creating and implementing mentorship programs, including strategies for healthy mentoring relationships.
  • Next steps in creating and evaluating a mentoring program or relationship.
  • Glossary and case studies.

By creating a culture of support, mentorship can improve the profession’s overall mental health and wellbeing. Mentoring relationships that create an inclusive environment can encourage diversity and representation. Positive mentoring experiences are crucial to recruitment and retention.

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The 2023 AAHA Mentoring Guidelines are generously supported by Chewy Health and Merck.


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