Recent Grads

Resources for recent graduates & veterinary students

Starting out in your new profession is an exciting time as you put into practice what you have learned during your veterinary education.  As the only statewide voice and advocate for veterinarians, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association wants you to grow and succeed, both personally and professionally.  Upon graduation of veterinary school, your active membership with IVMA begins automatically through the end of that calendar year at no charge, and at a discounted rate the following year.  If you are moving out of the state of Iowa after graduation, you can elect to continue as an IVMA member at a reduced rate, or we can assist you with contacting the state VMA in your new area.

The resources provided below will assist you in the transition from school to practice.  If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us so that we can help you find the information you need.  

Things to know before taking the job
Employment Opportunities IVMA, Veterinary Career Network - AAHA
AVMA Veterinary Career Center                             
What to do in an Interview - AVMA
Budgeting for Salary Negotiations - AVMA
Compensation and Benefits Information - AVMA (AVMA log-in required), AAHA, NCVEI
Contracts,Restrictive Covenants & Non-Compete Clauses - AVMA, Dr. Patricia Wohlferth-Bethke
Planning and advancing your career - Veterinary Career Center

Transition timeLicensing - Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine, DEA, Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Ethical Behavior - AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics
Compassion Fatigue - CFAP
Access to Ownership - Michael Kovsky, DVM
Starting a Business Startup Guide - US Small Business Administration
Working Parents: Tips & Resources - Family Education

Communication strategiesDisclosing Medical Errors - Veterinary Communication
Talking to Clients about Money - Peter Weinstein DVM MBA, Kathleen Bonvicini
Working Relationships in Practice - Forthcoming publication
The Exceptional Veterinary Team - Forthcoming publication
Personality Insights - Myers-Briggs, DISC
Leadership Toolkit for Veterinarians - AVMA

NextGard Clinic - Boehringer Ingelheim - is focused on providing opportunities for you and your staff to learn and grow. Be sure to check out this list of tools and veterinary-specific resources on the website.
Email Marketing Best Practices for Veterinarians

Using Social Media to Attract New Customers fo Your Vet Clinic
Online Marketing 101 Guide

Google Analytics 101 Guide
How Do I Make Sure My Vet Clinic Will Show Up in Local Search?

Financial planning
Debt Management - AVMA
Loan Repayment Options and Guide - Iowa College Student Aid Commission 
Federal Student Aid
Federal Direct Loan Program - USDE
10 Point Checklist for Financial Well-being - Mackenzie Martin
Financial Simulator Tool - University of Minnesota
USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program - VMLRP
Loan Forgiveness Programs - Money-Zine
Income Based Loan Repayment - Federal Student Aid

Calendar of events - Iowa VMA
Specialists in the State - Contact IVMA Office
Volunteer Opportunities - With the IVMA, With the AVMA
Links - AAHA