Student Mentorship Program

Welcome to the OVMA Student Mentorship Program information page. Here you will find important information about the program.

Veterinary Practices & Students: Program Overview and Form

  • Program Overview PDF
    An overview of the mentorship program and expectations both for practices who are interested in participating as well as for students.
  • OSU CVM Student Procedures List PDF
    Information on what types of procedures OSU CVM students are required to have experience with before graduation, as well as other procedures that they would like to obtain experience with.
  • Program Participation Form for Veterinary Practices PDF
    Veterinary practices who want to participate in the mentorship program, please return this fillable PDF form to the OVMA office. Email preferred.

Students: Liability Coverage Needed

If you are a student who wants to participate in the program, you must have liability insurance coverage.


If your mentoring practice has AVMA PLIT liability coverage, you can obtain AVMA PLIT coverage for your mentorship. To do so, you must be a member of SAVMA, and fill out and sign an AVMA PLIT student coverage application form (see link below). The mentoring veterinarian must also sign the form.

Once you have completed the application, you need to submit it, along with a $10 payment, to the PLIT. The payment is a one-time fee that is good for one year; however, each time you participate in such a mentorship program, you must fill out a new form and repeat the process. According to the PLIT, the signed form must be received by them prior to the start of your mentorship or the veterinarian will not receive liability coverage for your work in the practice.

Other Professional Liability Insurance Providers

If a practice wants to participate in the mentorship program and their professional liability coverage is with another insurance provider (not AVMA PLIT), they can contact their carrier about adding a rider to their policy. It is imperative that both the practice and student have professional liability protection.

Students: How to Apply

Once you have identified and selected the practice you would like to contact, draft a letter of introduction to the veterinarian. If you are applying for more than one practice, you should compose a personal letter for each practice. Generally, the letter should be no longer than one page and should inform the practice of who you are, your year in veterinary school, the skills you will bring to the practice, what you hope to achieve by participating in the program, and any special interest that you may have.

In addition to the letter of introduction, include a resume that is no longer than two pages. This should detail your work history, with a focus on veterinary-related work and research. Also include at least one personal reference.

Send the packet to the clinic's supervising veterinarian or practice manager (as indicated on their form) and wait to hear from the practice. Practices will review the information and contact students at their discretion. Some practices may request an intervview, while some will make their decision based on the letter of introduction and resume.

Participating Practices

Click the link to view the details for each practice.

Portland Metro

Beavercreek Animal Hospital (Beavercreek) PDF

Summer mentorship

Fremont Veterinary Clinic (Portland) PDF
Summer mentorship

Willamette Valley

The Emergency Veterinary Hospital (Springfield) PDF

Summer mentorship

Keizer Veterinary Clinic (Keizer) PDF
Summer mentorship or one week internship

West Salem Animal Clinic (Salem) PDF
Summer mentorship or one week internship

Southern Oregon

Douglas County Low-Cost Veterinary Services (Roseburg) PDF
Summer mentorship or one week internship

Published: March 31, 2011;    Updated: April 29, 2015

Filed Under: Practice Management, Veterinary Students, Year One, Year Two, Year Three, Year Four

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association