New Doctor - Tools for Transition into Practice

Recent Grad

Welcome recent graduates! Starting your career is an exciting time as you put into practice what you learned during your veterinary education.

As the only statewide voice and advocate for veterinarians, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association wants you to grow and succeed, both personally and professionally.

We are also pleased to offer new veterinarians discounted membership in the WSVMA for three years after graduation.

If you do not find what you are looking for, or would like more information, please feel free to contact the WSVMA directly, we are here to serve you! 

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Job Search

Most recent graduates will enter private practice. But regardless of your professional track, you will need to seek employment. Find an A to Z guide that will help you get started with that search or assist you with moving along throughout your career.

Licensure for Veterinarians in Washington

Find information including: Examination and licensure requirements, How long will it take to receive my license?, What am I allowed to do while I wait for my license?, Can I practice when I’ve satisfied all requirements but am waiting for the background check to be completed?, How to obtain a retired credential, Link to the Department of Health’s fee schedule for licensing exams and renewals, Retired active credential.

Practice of Veterinary Medicine for Veterinarians

Find information including: Records, CE Requirements and Approved Courses, Licensing Exemptions, Practice of Veterinary Medicine - Defined and Exemptions

Things to know before taking the job

Find tools including: Employment contract review member benefit, Veterinary employment opportunities, Selling yourself, Interviewing tips, Negotiating your offer, Compensation and benefits information, Three Stage Mentorship Compensation & Procedures Language, Non-compete clauses, Planning and advancing your career and Veterinary Law.

Find tools including: Adjusting to a new job, Balancing work and life, Licensing, Ethical behavior, Wellness and Tips for pregnant employees.

Find tools including: Generational bridges, Difficult clients, Disclosing unanticipated outcomes and medical errors, End of life discussions and grief counseling, Talking money with clients, Working relationships in practice and The Exceptional Veterinary Team.

Find tools including: WSVMA Financial Planning Guide for Veterinary Students, Compensation models, Debt management, Elephant in the Room and Financial tips.

Find tools including: Calendar of events, Committees, Mentorship, Specialists in the state and Volunteer opportunities.

WSVMA Member Benefits

Access all the benefits, programs and services the WSVMA has to offer.

Ask us!

Didn't find what you are looking for? Contact the WSVMA directly with your questions. We're happy to assist you in any way possible!

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