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Linnaeus Opens Recruitment For Next Cohort Of Graduate Development Programme

3 weeks ago

6th January, 2021 09h24

Linnaeus Group

One of the UK’s leading veterinary groups is once again inviting applications from final year undergraduates and newly-qualified vets to join its two-year Graduate Development Programme (GDP).

Linnaeus, which is part of Mars Veterinary Health, offers one-to-one mentoring, professional and clinical skills development in primary care practices across the UK as part of the scheme.

The vet group, which has more than 3,000 employees, delivers all clinical training in-house through its extensive network of specialists, referral clinicians, certificate holders and experienced primary care clinicians.

The 2021 programme applications open on January 4, 2021 until the end of May, unless all positions are filled sooner.

Chloe Roberts, clinical and educational development manager at Linnaeus, said: “This will be the fourth cohort to join our GDP and we’re looking forward to building on the successes we have enjoyed over the last three years.

“This has been a challenging year for obvious reasons, so it has been extremely heartening to see our new vets rise to that challenge and continue their professional journeys with our support.

“We’re excited to hear from the next intake of new vets and look forward to supporting them in their transition to clinical practice and recognise the additional challenges they faced joining the profession in the midst of a global pandemic.”

Graduates take part in 20 core educational days as part of their clinical and professional skills training.

Royal Veterinary College graduate Louise Dunsby works at Spinney Vets, in her home town of Northampton, where she also completed multiple EMS placements during her degree.

Louise, 26, joined the GDP on her first day at the RCVS-accredited animal hospital and has continued to thrive under the stewardship of her mentor, senior vet Rachel Lord.

After completing the course earlier this year, Louise is now studying for a certificate in ophthalmology.

“I think the best thing about it for me was there weren’t too many people on the course, so you got the one-on-one learning you needed,” said Louise

“The course was helpful, practical and useful. You can always contact the clinicians involved in teaching on the GDP for help, they’re really friendly and supportive. I still speak to them now to get advice on my cases.

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