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AAZV / EAZWV / WDA Mentoring Programme
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Are you interested in being a Mentor or a Mentee? This is your chance!


The Mentoring Programme is a new initiative organised by AAZV, WDA and now EAZWV to help bring students and recent graduates into contact with professionals in the area that can provide some career guidance and advice. This programme aims to promote shared knowledge and skills, and the development of a network between established zoological medicine & wildlife health professionals and students.

The role and responsibilities of the mentors include empowering mentees to identify their own goals and provide advice regarding professional/personal development (e.g. award/grant applications or other relevant issues to career development).

Communication between mentors and mentees may take place via email and conference calls, but the organisation of in-person meetings (e.g. during a national conference) is strongly encouraged.

Mentee applicants should be up until their first two years after finishing their most recent degree (undergrad/postgrad students, PhD candidates and interns/residents). If you have more working experience than these two years, please consider applying as a mentor (these can also be residents and PhD candidates).

You have to be a member of AAZV, WDA or EAZWV to be eligible as a Mentee.

The second application round has closed and matches were announced in January. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments about the program, please email Keep an eye on this page and on our facebook page for news about the next round.


Some of our mentees of the last application round are still waiting to be paired, so we are currently still looking for anyone interested in being a mentor! Just click on the link below.


The matching of mentors and mentees will be based on similar career goals and interests, and will be limited from one to four mentees per mentor, as selected in the application form. The mentor-mentee pairing will be reassessed every 12 months and participants in the programme will be asked about their experiences.



MENTOR Application Form MENTEE Application Form


Before applying, please read the following guidelines for more information:


Potential Mentors should:

1) Be available for email communication, at least twice a month, ideally once a week. This could be more or less frequent depending on the mentor/mentee relationship and their ongoing collaborations.

2) Plan an in-person meeting at a national conference once a year, if possible.

a. If an in-person meeting is not possible, mentors should set-up a Skype call for a similar amount of time at least twice a year to promote face-to-face and more personal contact. If Skype is not a feasible option, a phone or conference call would also be appropriate.

3) Provide assistance to the mentee by reviewing or providing advice at least once a year regarding a travel grant or award application or other personal/professional development effort.

Note: Unless agreed between all parts involved, a mentor should not be involved in publication efforts or other tasks that would collide with the responsibilities of PhD supervisors, for example.


Potential Mentees should:

1) Have a serious interest in, and commitment to, the fields of zoological medicine and wildlife health.

2) Respect the time and schedules of mentors in the timing of communications, allowing ample time for response, especially if a deadline is involved.

3) Seek advice about matters of importance and ask thoughtful questions.

4) Use sufficient effort to research and explore questions and issues prior to addressing their mentor and follow through after consulting with their mentor.

5) Properly credit their mentor if they use their advice or support in a report or publication.

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