Mentoring the Next Generation of Veterinarians

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg

People, Pets and Vets genuinely cares about their team members and providing resources to provide them with growth opportunities.  Our mentorship program, Elevate, empowers experienced veterinarians to help new graduates develop skillsets for a promising professional future, while the new doctors bring a fresh perspective to the team.



We have learned that skill sets developed during the first-year practicing are crucial to their professional future.  Veterinary medicine can often be challenging, and we all often turn to others for help with difficult cases or procedures.


“Mentorship is important to me because it helps bridge the gap between theory and practical application. It provides me with access to a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that allows me to implement plans as a new practitioner with an otherwise unattainable degree of confidence.”

Dr. Lawton Herbert (Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2020)


Elevate, PPV’s 16-week mentorship program assigns associate veterinarians a specific mentor or mentors to help in medical cases, surgical cases, communication skills and more.  There is a comprehensive guide for both the mentee and the mentor to follow together and discuss goals and successes. Mentorship builds lifelong relationships, improves productivity, and nurtures hospital culture. PPV knows it takes a lot to run a veterinary hospital which is why partners are provided with mentors along with many other resources. This support allows partners to focus on what they love doing most, practicing medicine.

Why mentorship?

  • Personal development
  • Networking
  • Build relationships
  • Exchange of ideas
  • Nurture hospital culture
  • Improve productivity and efficiency
  • Promote long-term job satisfaction
  • Facilitate implementation of best practices

Elevate Program Overview

  • Structured 16-week mentorship program
  • Job shadowing with experienced veterinarians in appointments and surgery
  • Learn specific treatment, anesthesia, and surgical protocols
  • Medical clinical skills mentorship and development
  • Surgical skills mentorship and development
  • Communication skills mentorship development
  • Weekly meetings and check-ins with mentors
  • Coaching on client interactions
  • Achieve success in the exam room and practice
  • Develop lifelong relationships with your mentorship team


“I feel that mentoring new graduates is important in many ways. It helps build confidence in veterinarians with medical, surgical, and business skills. We finish vet school with a tremendous amount of knowledge but often don’t know exactly how to use it. Elevate allows the new graduates the ability to put that information into a usable format. For example, we teach points of wisdom in surgery to decrease surgical time and therefore have better outcomes.

This can be the same for medical cases. I often talk about past cases and the outcomes I have had in similar situations. Mentoring also helps the individual understand their role in the business and the importance of meeting financial goals each month. We help young doctors understand how to increase average client transactions without feeling like a salesperson. All in all, I think mentorship is passing down wisdom to the next generation of veterinarians.”


Dr. Ron Molitor (Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2001)


PPV loves the meaningful impact that their doctors and staff have on the animals in their communities. They are devoted to continuously improving support and growth opportunities for team members to thrive. Start exploring joining our family today by clicking here to chat.