The Value of Mentoring
Mentoring is a vital part of career and leadership development and an effective way to develop talent and transfer knowledge that has been gained through experience. Mentoring pairs an experienced professional, who acts as a role model, with a less-experienced professional to provide guidance and advice. Mentoring is important because Mentors can help Mentees learn new skills, develop greater confidence, and make better decisions.
See available mentors below.
VHMA Mentor Program
VHMA offers a Mentor Program that is Mentee-driven. The program works as follows:
- VHMA will solicit Mentor volunteers and create a Member Mentor resource.
- Member Mentees interested in partnering with a Mentor can peruse the list and identify a Mentor who is best suited to the Mentee’s professional goals.
- The Mentor list contains the Mentor’s bio, along with expertise, interests, and contact information.
- Mentees should send inquiries directly to the Mentor.
- It is the responsibility of the Mentor and Mentee to establish the terms of their relationship.
VHMA Mentoring Program Goals and Objectives
Members who participate in the VHMA Mentor Program should work to advance the program’s goals and objectives, which are designed to:
- Encourage the professional development of future veterinary practice managers.
- Assist members with their career advancement strategies.
- Tap into the knowledge and expertise of veteran managers.
- Encourage a more personalized approach to membership and involvement in VHMA.
- Improve the networking benefits of VHMA by encouraging high quality, personal, and professional coaching.
- Provide a format for increased member involvement.
Common Mentoring Activities
- Engaging in discussions that concentrate on the Mentee’s past experiences, current and future goals, plans, and skills, as well as those that detail the Mentor’s career path.
- Exploring useful problem-solving strategies to apply to practice issues.
- Attending meetings, conferences, and other events together (either in-person or virtually) and reviewing the lessons learned together.
- Collaborating on activities of mutual interest.
- Allowing the Mentee to observe the mentor’s handling of challenging situations.
- Role-playing solutions to situations faced by the Mentee,
- Sharing and discussing written materials (such as a document written by the Mentee or an article valued by the mentor).
- Co-authoring a publication.
- Interacting with individuals or other Mentor-Mentee pairs to learn new insights and gather information.
Essential Information to Ensure a Successful Partnership
- Both parties should aim for realistic, focused goals and maximize their time by communicating by phone, e-mail, and/or other platforms.
- Consider creating structure and a timeline for the partnership so that expectations are realistic. A Sample Partnership Agreement is provided under the Mentoring Tools section.
- Mentors and Mentees should discuss the relationships honestly, focusing on expectations, limits, and preferred ways of interacting.
- All VHMA member Mentors and Mentees will conduct themselves in accordance with the VHMA Code of Conduct and adhere to the VHMA Code of Ethics.
- Use the contact button to reach out to your Mentor directly. If you do not receive a response from your selected Mentor within two days, please contact the VHMA office.
Thank you to our Mentor volunteers for their support and involvement.