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Postgraduate Training
Mentoring inexperienced surgeons in practice
  1. Colin Whiting

    Colin Whiting graduated from Liverpool in 1998 after seeing practice with a very supportive general practitioner. He spent two years in practice, before returning to Liverpool as a surgical resident with involvement in small group teaching and supervision of students undertaking surgery. In 2001, he joined the County Veterinary Group, in Stoke-on-Trent, as senior small animal assistant. After gaining the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery in 2003, he established a surgical referral aspect to the practice. Since 2001, he has mentored four new graduates, all of whom remain with County Vets.


VETERINARY graduates are not, typically, competent surgeons at qualification but develop these skills during their first job. Support and instruction from experienced colleagues is vital to their development. This article provides advice for those acting as mentors to junior colleagues in practice. Many of the skills and techniques described will also apply to the supervision of students seeing practice.

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