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DVM Mentor Program

 The DVM mentorship program helps DVM students form mentorship relationships and contacts within the veterinary community.

DVM Mentorship Program

The DVM mentorship program at CSU helps veterinary students build relationships with veterinary professionals. Mentors provide meaningful, learning experiences outside the classroom and opportunities for professional development, networking, and foster an exchange of ideas.

Mentorship is one aspect of the Foundations of Veterinary Medicine, a four course series (VM610, VM611, VM710, and VM711) required as part of the DVM Program. The full course series covers topics such as Ethics, Communication, Physical Exam Skills, Surgical Skills, Large and Small Animal Handling, Clinical Reasoning, Student Wellness, and professional development.

Please review the DVM Mentorship Program Agreement.

DVM Mentor Program


​A successful mentor provides wisdom, experience, real-world knowledge, skills, perspectives, and more. Mentors should provide students with broad-based opportunities for experiential learning, support for personal and professional development, and career guidance. A strong mentorship relationship may include:

  • A role-model
  • Well-being
  • Career advice
  • Work-life balance
  • Emotional support
  • Clear performance-based goals
  • Practical hands-on clinical and laboratory skills
  • Information and resources for practice management
  • Guidance in navigating professional and personal challenges
  • Increased competence, confidence, and self-worth
  • Personal and professional exploration, discovery, and growth

DVM mentor program

Student Responsibilities

​First- and second-year DVM students will be asked to complete four hours of experience with their mentor(s) each semester. The time requirement is encouraged to be completed in person, but can also be completed via phone. If a student has multiple mentors, the time requirement can be split between mentors. Student responsibilities also include:

  • Initiating and maintaining regular contact with a mentor
  • Creating and documenting specific measures of success
  • Discuss progress and address any challenges
  • Creating a learning plan with goals, timelines, objectives, timeframes, and outcomes
  • Defining how the success of your learning plan is measured
  • Using the mentor's time wisely, doing the necessary homework, being prepared with specific questions for the mentor, and most importantly, receiving and using the mentor's feedback


Goals and Expectations

​Both the mentee and mentor should begin by establishing expectations of the mentoring relationship as soon as possible, because undefined expectations for the relationship may result in frustration and disappointment.

Communication methods and frequency of meetings should be agreed upon from the start.

Either the mentor or mentee can step away from the mentorship relationship at any time, but we encourage staying in touch.

Mentors may take on as many mentees as they deem appropriate, but are not expected to take on more than one mentee at any given time.

Krysta Chapin


For mentor consideration, please contact the course coordinator, Krysta Chapin. Please be sure the following information:

  • Name
  • Graduation date and university attended
  • Current location
  • Mailing address, email address, and phone number
  • Name of current business/practice/laboratory
  • Area(s) of interest or expertise
  • Recent headshot

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