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AAZV/WDA/EAZWV Mentoring Program

Are you interested in being a mentor or a mentee? This is your chance! We are recruiting people to be mentors (this can also be residents and PhD candidates) as well as people who are interested in having mentors (undergrad/postgrad students, PhD candidates and interns/residents).

Mentee applicants should be within their first two years after finishing their most recent degree. If you have more working experience than these two years, please consider applying as a mentor. You have to be a member of AAZV, WDA or EAZWV to be eligible as a Mentee.

Applications for the second round of the mentoring program ended in late 2017. We matched almost 200 students from all over the world with suitable mentors. Keep your eyes open for another round coming up soon.


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.  

3)     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. 

4)     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 writing effort.

Potential Mentees should:

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

2)     Contact their assigned mentor first.

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

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

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

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

-Your AAZV and WDA Student Activity Committee

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