Recent Graduate Benefits

 

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Personal Financial Planning Tool - Reach your financial goals with the easy-to-use Personal Financial Planning Tool - track your expenses, plan for your future, and succeed!

  • Build a personalized budget based on your expenses and goals
  • Create a plan to pay off debt and student loans, while also saving for the future
  • Explore Scenario Mode to see how your budget would change based on income level and amount of debt
  •  View additional financial planning resources including the AVMA’s Veterinary Salary Calculator and many more

Early Career Online Community - This Facebook group, open only to AVMA members who have graduated in the past five years, lets recent grads connect with each other to provide advice and support with issues faced during the transition from veterinary student to working veterinarian.

Early Career Online Community

Simple Answers to Tough QuestionsSimple Answers to Tough Questions - The start of your new career as a veterinarian can be filled with anxiety, and you might find yourself with questions that never arose in your schooling. This video series, created by some of our young AVMA member veterinarians, answers the questions you might be too afraid to ask your boss or colleagues.

 

AVMA Veterinary Career CenterVeterinary Career Center - Search jobs, post your resume, and view tips for job-seekers

 

 

Leadership Toolkit for Veterinarians - Build the skills needed to be a leader in your workplace, society, and organized veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Career Transitions Resources - Find out more about career options that exist for veterinarians, how to assess what kind of careers are a good fit for you, and translate what you do into other career settings.

AVMA PLITAVMA PLIT - You’ve worked hard to get here, and the AVMA PLIT is honored to support you as you begin your career!  Your assets (and future assets) will be covered with an individual professional liability policy in your name through the AVMA PLIT-sponsored Program.  So whether you’re performing relief, emergency, or part-time work in addition to your main employment, you’ll have coverage that protects you wherever you practice.

 

AVMA GHLIT - Need a life, disability, or other insurance policy?  The AVMA GHLIT insurance plans have been chosen specifically for the unique needs of veterinarians - so you're ready for whatever life may bring!  The new AVMA GHLIT C.A.R.E. Insurance Exchange and Marketplace is now available to aid you in finding the right health insurance policy for you

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Check out testimonials from some of our recent graduate AVMA members:

"Membership in no other organization offers the same level of far-reaching benefits as the AVMA. In particular, the AVMA is dedicated to offering valuable resources and support to recent graduates, such as facilitating discussions with colleagues on the Early Career Online Community, access to financial planning tools like the Personal Financial Packet, and ability to review articles in the industry-standard text, JAVMA. As a member of the AVMA, I get far more value from my membership fees than in any other organization I've been involved with. Like their slogan says, 'We Are Veterinary Medicine' ".     -Dr. Will McCauley

 

"The AVMA understands that recent graduates face unique challenges early in their career.  Understanding personal finance and developing a plan to manage our financial needs just became easier with the new Personal Financial Planning Tool.  This tool allows recent graduates to estimate their financial needs and plan how to repay debt while saving for the future.

The AVMA has created opportunities for early career veterinarians to develop their professional network and increase their involvement in organized veterinary medicine.  The Early Career Online Community brings together early career veterinarians from across the nation to discuss issues affecting them and provide real-time feedback to the AVMA.

The AVMA acts to advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession for federal legislative and regulatory issues.  As an AVMA member, I have a voice in that advocacy."     -Dr. Kirk Breuninger

 

"I have personally seen the dedication that the AVMA has to the profession as a whole and especially to the recent graduates.  The tools and online community organized by the AVMA help to smooth out the steep learning curve associated with leaving school.  They realize that the health of the whole profession is realized in those just starting out in their career."     -Dr. James Finlay

 

AVMA Strategy Management Process

The AVMA fully appreciates that our members’ needs and our profession are continually evolving.  With that said, the AVMA is currently undergoing the Strategic Management Process, a comprehensive evaluation and planning effort that will result in a 3-Year Strategic Operating Plan for the AVMA.  Learn more about how we are building a stronger, more focused and more relevant AVMA for our more than 86,500 members. 

 

Interested in joining?

Join 15,000 recent graduate peers and become a member of the AVMA today!

  1. Select and print the voting member application form
  2. Complete the application
  3. Mail or fax the completed application, payment and any additional required information to:
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Attention: Membership Division
    1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
    Fax: 847-303-5669