Mentorship accreditation

Create more confident and knowledgeable associates

Mentorship programs help create more confident, knowledgeable, and productive associates while reducing turnover and staff conflict. Mentoring improves hospital culture, productivity, communication, and efficiency. It can help promote long-term job satisfaction and facilitate adoption of best practices.

Frequently asked questions about mentorship accreditation


What is mentoring?

Mentoring is often defined as a professional relationship in which a mentor (the experienced person) assists the mentee (a relative newcomer to a profession) in developing skills and knowledge to enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

Mentoring is a key activity by which employers can successfully facilitate a new associate's entry into the hospital environment. The mentor provides valuable knowledge, expertise, and support, while the mentee provides enthusiasm and an open mind. This solutions-focused attitude reflects positively on the entire hospital.

What are the definitions of "mentor" and "mentee"?

The mentor typically has several years of professional experience (although there is no minimum requirement). A mentor is not the same as a supervisor, although one person can serve in both roles.

The mentee is typically a team member, junior colleague, or a new associate.

What is the mentor’s responsibility?

A mentor is a guide who helps direct the mentee in their career. Mentors usually have had similar experiences and understand what the mentee will need to learn and what issues they may encounter.

A mentor should challenge the mentee by asking questions and provide guidance and encouragement. The mentoring process should help the mentee build their self-confidence and enhance their skillset.

Why did AAHA develop mentorship accreditation?

AAHA recognized that the skillsets developed during a veterinarian's first year in practice are crucial to their professional future. Mentoring is invaluable during this time. AAHA supports the mentoring process and has created and formalized standards for this.

Who can pursue mentorship accreditation?

Any practice going through an AAHA evaluation may choose mentorship accreditation as an optional, no-cost addition to their evaluation.

Is mentorship accreditation mandatory?

No, mentorship accreditation is a completely optional addition to traditional AAHA accreditation.

Is there a cost?

There is no additional cost to add mentorship accreditation as part of your AAHA accreditation evaluation.

"We wanted to create a progressive experience."

Veterinary students don’t always have the opportunity for clinical practice while they’re learning it. Thanks to a unique mentorship program, that’s not the case at AAHA-accredited Iowa Veterinary Specialists (IVS).

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