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New ‘My Veterinary Life’ website provides resources for veterinary students, early professionals

Wednesday, August 22, 2018  
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As part of its ongoing commitment to veterinarians at all stages of their careers, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched a new website to help guide veterinary students and early career veterinarians with the transition from veterinary school to their professional careers. ( was developed to gather, organize and share information and resources addressing the specific needs of students and early career veterinarians. Visitors to will find resources and tools to help develop their careers, maintain their wellbeing and manage the financial stresses of personal and professional life.

"Speaking from personal experience, those first few years after graduating are full of exciting opportunities. They may also come with challenges that can feel overwhelming at times," said Dr. Kevin Dajka, chief products and services officer at the AVMA. "We've focused our efforts to highlight those opportunities and help manage challenges our up and coming veterinarians may face. With, new professionals now have a centralized resource to help navigate and succeed during that period of their lives." organizes information into three career stages: "Current Student," "New Veterinarian" and "Rising Professional." Visitors can select the stage that applies to them, and then access relevant resources in three categories: "Your Career," "Your Financial Health" and "Your Wellbeing."

Veterinary students, for example, can locate externships through AVMA's Student Externship Locator or learn more about the internship experience. Early career veterinarians will have access to resources such as a salary estimator, webinars on client communication and self-care tips to sustain a fulfilling career.

In addition to previously developed resources, hosts an all-new series of online modules from student loan debt management expert Paul Garrard. These seven modules will provide an introduction to federal loan repayment options, the most effective way to use loan calculators and much more.

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