We're here to help recent veterinary graduates thrive



A new program born out of a need identified by the Vets4Vets program, the VIN Foundation Thrive in Five Toolkit was put together as a way to help new veterinary school graduates thrive as veterinarians. This toolkit is a work in progress and we will be adding more resources along the way so keep checking back for updates. Always feel free to contact us with feedback and suggestions.


You went to veterinary school to practice medicine, not to read, write, or decipher contracts. Yet, a balanced contract can be as critical to a healthy working relationship as a balanced diet is to a healthy patient.

Negotiating with your new employer or employee should NOT be an adversarial experience. Working through this contract together has proven to be a positive experience for thousands of employers and employees, with the end-product being an employment agreement that all parties understand and feel good about.

Go to... Model Employment Contract


You went to veterinary school to practice medicine, not to read, write, or decipher contracts. Yet, a balanced contract can be as critical to a healthy working relationship as a balanced diet is to a healthy patient.

Negotiating with your new employer or employee should NOT be an adversarial experience. Working through this contract together has proven to be a positive experience for thousands of employers and employees, with the end-product being an employment agreement that all parties understand and feel good about.

Go to... New Graduate Survival Manual


Whether it’s 3pm or 3am, being on the frontlines with patients for the first time can be nerve-wracking! The Getting Through the Day and Getting Through the Night classes provide valuable guidance to help you transition from being a student to a working veterinarian. 

Go to... Getting Through the Day/Night


Once you are in veterinary school being proactive about your veterinary school student loans will help you for years to come to live within your means. Being a recent veterinary school graduate comes with a truck full of new things to prioritize and adding veterinary school student loans to the list can be a lot to manage. The Student Loan Repayment Simulator is an interactive program giving you repayment options based on anticipated income, lifestyle, total loan amount and various repayment plans.

Go to... Student Loan Repayment Simulator



Vets4Vets is a confidential support group for veterinarians. We're here to help colleagues with tough work situations, difficult school circumstances, stress, depression, emotional unrest, physical challenges, addiction, or... if you just need to talk to somebody.

Go to... Vets4Vets


Coming soon to the VIN Foundation Thrive in Five Toolkit...

  • Resume tips

  • Cover letter tips

  • Interview tips

  • Mentor tips

  • And more…

VIN Foundation serves animal- and human-kind by ensuring veterinary professionals have the tools,
confidence and support to thrive. Empowering ONE empowers all. 

What is the need for the VIN Foundation?

Veterinary medicine spans areas including food animal and meat inspection, academia and research, international health and public awareness, as well as cutting edge surgery, diagnostic testing, and medical treatments for every animal species. The strength and health of our pets, agriculture, research, families, and communities depend upon a healthy, vibrant, and strong veterinary profession. Supporting and advocating for individuals within the profession is the heart and soul of the VIN Foundation. By helping veterinary professionals navigate the challenges of their careers, the VIN Foundation is helping to better serve animal- and human-kind.

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ABOUT VIN FOUNDATION

The VIN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created by members of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) in 2005. VIN is an online community of veterinarians and veterinary students with over 50,000 members worldwide. The VIN Foundation is made possible through generous gifts by individual donors and grants, all gifts made to the VIN Foundation are tax deductible.

© 2005 - 2017 VIN Foundation. All Rights Reserved. VIN Foundation Phoenix House, 413 F Street, Davis, CA 95616, info@vinfoundation.org, (888) 616-6506. Photographs provided by Teresa (Teri) Zgoda.