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The Balance of Mentorship | Resources for Vet Students | PAWCast Episode 48 | Veterinary Podcast

February 11, 2021

Mentorship has become a standard expectation for graduation DVM students in their first years in practice. There is a lot of power in mentorship in accelerating careers towards success and improving patient care. However, as the term has been used more and more, we have forgotten a simple question, what is mentorship?

This question is one that needs definition and constant refinement as it varies person to person, mentee to mentee and mentor to mentor. We are all likely to have different expectations as mentees and mentors, so why are we leaving the success of that relationship up to chance? Why are some of us expecting the other party to contribute their entire selves while the other contributes little to nothing?

In this episode of the PAWCast, we are blessed to have Dr. Katie Niksich join us in the studio as we discuss the balance of mentorship and how to best set the bounds of the relationship that has the greatest potential to propel a young veterinary professional’s career forward. We discuss the utilization of values as defining characteristics of the relationship and getting expectations in writing just as clear as any contract for employment.

Mentoring can be a great asset when implemented well. It can be a major detriment to everyone when it is out of balance.

What are you seeking in a mentor? Do you believe in using a mentorship agreement prior to job offer acceptance? Let us know in the comments!

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PAW Health Resources:

AAHA Mentoring Guidelines:

Strive: Life is Short, Pursue What Matters by Tim Hiller:

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin:

12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson:

The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin:

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek:

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle:

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink:

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