The Veterinary Schools Council has launched the VSC Research Mentoring Scheme, a means of connecting early veterinary researchers with mentors who can offer guidance and support.
The scheme seeks to address the lack of a mentorship programme dedicated to research in the veterinary profession. We hope it will be of value to veterinarians interested in research at all career stages, but we anticipate it will be of particular value to early career veterinarians who might be considering doing a PhD and are seeking mentorship on whether this is aligned with their career goals, or would like to discuss potential topics and supervisors with an informed and unbiased mentor.
Equally, postdoctoral veterinary researchers may value support and guidance on developing their career through the diverse range of potential options, including postdoctoral appointments, fellowships or tenured positions in academia or industry.
The scheme works by mentors and mentees signing up through the VSC website. Each mentee will be matched with at least two mentors from different organisations to the mentee, with introductions made by email.
Mentors from all sectors and career stages are sought, including those who are without veterinary qualifications but have good experience in veterinary research.
For more details, and to sign up, head to the VSC Research Mentorship Scheme page.