ASPCA Practitioner Pathway Mentorship Program
The ASPCA knows that shelter medicine veterinarians are essential to improving health and welfare in animal shelters and communities. To accelerate growth of the field, the ASPCA created this mentorship program to support veterinarians working toward shelter medicine board certification through ABVP’s Practitioner Pathway.
"This mentorship is a game-changer. Many practitioners aspire to become boarded, but struggle with finding the time, mentorship, and funds. With the ASPCA’s support, this process becomes possible."
An online application is required. The current application cycle is open until November 14, 2022, at 5 pm.
Veterinarians who are committed to submitting credentials for board certification in shelter medicine practice to ABVP and have at least 5 years of shelter medicine-focused clinical practice experience at the time of submission.
Applicants must be living and working in and licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one US state.
Applicants should review the ABVP Applicant Handbook, including the additional requirements outlined in the SMP Practitioner Portfolio.
No, this mentorship opportunity should not be construed as employment with the ASPCA. Participants will not be eligible for benefits or other aspects of employment with the ASPCA. Participants accepted into the program will be required to sign an MOU with the ASPCA regarding their commitment to apply for ABVP board certification, as well as ensuring a willingness on the part of their employer to allow participation in the program. Participants attending any in-person events with ASPCA personnel will be required to follow ASPCA protocols and policies in place at the time and location.