What mentorship
means to MVP

Mentorship is at the heart of our organization –it isn’t just a buzzword, it is central to every decision we make. Mentorship isn’t one size fits all. You set your goals; we help you create a plan to reach them. At MVP, mentorship is a lifelong team sport, and it shouldn’t stop after 6 months or 1 year.
We support our mentors and train them to adapt their teaching and coaching styles to best fit your needs. We hold our mentors accountable to ensure that you have an ideal environment for learning and growth.

Hear from Dr. Andrea Belcher about mentorship at MVP

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Clinical Mentors

Our Clinical Mentors are Associate Veterinarians or Medical Leads who enjoy teaching and have strong clinical and surgical skills. MVP trains and supports all our Clinical Mentors.

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Peer Mentors

Our Peer Mentors are Associate Veterinarians who have graduated in the last 6 years who are interested in leadership development. MVP trains and supports all our Peer Mentors.

HEAR FROM OUR MENTORS
AND MENTEES

Hear what our mentors and mentees have to say about what makes MVP different…
Dr. Larissa & Fergus (2)

Imposter syndrome is REAL! When I first started, I knew I had the knowledge, resources, and skills to excel at my profession, however the self-doubt in my own head was a real struggle to overcome. Having four extremely talented mentors to discuss my treatment and diagnostic plans with really helped me feel more confident in my decisions. Also, because there are so many different approaches to working up a case, my mentors have helped me develop the skills to adapt my diagnostic/treatment plans depending on each individual situation

Larissa Raykowski
DVM

"One of the most important lessons I learned from my mentor is that you WILL fail at times. You will not get everything right the first time around and there will be complications. Time management, how to have fun, and how to stay calm in the face of adversity are just a few of the valuable skills I obtained from working alongside my mentor. Through my mentorship experience, I was able to achieve my professional goals by honing in on my soft tissue surgery and dental skills!"

Rachel Olesen
DVM
Rachel Olesen
Andrea Belcher, DVM_Mentor (3)

"I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am for the mentorship I have received through MVP. Having a network of people in my corner has allowed me to set and achieve goals that I never thought were possible when I graduated vet school. From helping to mentor new graduates, to becoming medical director of my clinic, to speaking to vet students at universities, the things I have been able to achieve have been limitless!"

Andrea Belcher
DVM

"I love learning from the weekly Early Career Cohorts online meetings, and through this have found mentors both within and outside of MVP that have an interest in helping early grads learn. A lot of the peer mentorship program has been a mind framing experience for me, and I've found that I'm already going into my exam rooms feeling more empathetic, curious, and confident than I was before."

Alicen Tracy
DVM
Alicen Tracey, DVM_1 (1)
Dr. Jill Malone (2)

"I am glad to be able to offer more services than most general practioners due to the guidance from my mentor. I work up most of my cases as much as possible before referring them to a specialist. I also received a ton of support with learning how to perform abdominal ultrasounds which are just another great diagnostic tool that I can offer to help my patients."

Jill Malone
DVM

Meet our mentorship director

mentorship-director
Dr. Lindsey Hedges

Dr. Lindsey Hedges is the Director of Veterinary Mentorship at MVP. A 2011 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked as an associate veterinarian for three years before opening her own denovosmall animal clinic in 2014. In creating her practice, she was guided by her passions for fostering leadership in all employees, promoting Fear Free practices, & forming strong bonds in the community. Dr. Hedges believes that great mentorship forms the foundation for your overall career satisfaction. Early careers are always hard, but with the right guide, you can enjoy overcoming challenges and learn to thrive in this great profession.