About our Graduate Development Programme

Our robust and immersive two-year graduate development programme offers a practical and comprehensive transition from university to rewarding work in practice. The programme has been crafted to develop you in all areas of your career, combining learning modules in both clinical and professional skills with practice-based mentoring and support. There is alignment with RCVS VetGDP and you will be supported to set and complete your Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) during the programme.

The programme is industry-leading, seeing you work alongside a plethora of highly-respected internal and external veterinary surgeons, including specialists and leaders in their field.

Beyond your practice, you will also have the support network of other graduates on the same journey, who will share your experiences and learn what it means to be a vet, both clinically and emotionally. Finally, you will have the ongoing support of the entire Linnaeus family. We are passionate and committed to supporting you to be the best vet you can be.


How you’ll benefit

Linnaeus has already seen a number of graduates progress within the group and we’re always on the look-out for future talent to join us. We are committed to supporting you to develop yourself and your career. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and help shape our continued commitment to developing new treatments and technological advancements in the industry. You’ll benefit from:

  • A two-year programme aligned with the RCVS VetGDP
  • Competitive salary and benefits, including RCVS membership, professional indemnity cover and an additional CPD allowance
  • Additional organisation memberships such as BVA or BSAVA
  • Graduate roles available throughout the UK


  • 20 core educational days (10 clinical, 10 non-clinical)
  • 10 additional CPD days, to choose CPD in your own areas of interest
  • Graduate specific practical training days
  • Additional CPD opportunities outside of the GDP – conference attendance, external CPD, practice visits
  • Access to a wealth of online support materials


  • In-practice primary mentor and trained VetGDP Adviser
  • In-practice secondary mentor
  • Peer-to-peer support through GDP networking and social events
  • Dedicated graduate contact point within the Linnaeus Central Support Team
  • Placement at a supportive practice

Ongoing Development:

  • Support to map out your own career journey
  • Flexibility to move within the Linnaeus family on graduation


Our Graduate Development Programme

Year 1 Overview:
Clinical Skills sessions include:

  • Fundamentals of primary care practice
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Practical dentistry
  • Common medical conditions seen in primary care practice
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Surgical emergencies
  • Diagnostic imaging

Professional Skills sessions include:

  • Personal leadership, including DISC profiling
  • Confidence in the consult room
  • Delivering bad news and managing difficult conversations
  • Working in a high-performing team
  • Understanding veterinary business
  • Just Culture and learning from mistakes

Year 2 Overview:
Clinical Skills sessions include:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Exotic species
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Soft tissue emergencies
  • Advanced primary care topics

Professional Skills sessions include:

  • Resilience and Personal Effectiveness
  • Learning and motivating others
  • Quality improvement in practice
  • Career journeys


Core foundations of the GDP

Mentoring and support

From day one your mentors will be readily available for support. Further support is provided by your carefully selected practice, your peers on the programme and the Linnaeus Central Support Team.

As part of the GDP, you will be paired with a primary mentor and VetGDP Adviser for the duration of the programme. Your primary mentor will ensure that you receive the necessary support to thrive and relish the challenges during your first two years in practice.

Our mentors undertake additional bespoke training to ensure they have the necessary skills to support you. They will provide both professional and personal support, from discussions on clinical cases, successes and areas for improvement to career planning and mental health and wellbeing.

Your mentor will follow a timetable with regular meetings scheduled for the duration of the programme. Between these scheduled meetings you will still regularly work alongside your mentor and be able to have informal catch-ups and consult with them for case advice.


Clinical excellence

Our commitment to excellence is integral in all that we do at Linnaeus, including within the clinical environment. The combination of mentoring and our core educational days will help you refine your current skills and develop new ones.

You will also have access to CPD outside of the GDP and it is up to you to identify which CPD to undertake, based on your areas of interests and aspirations.

Interpersonal excellence

Our commitment to excellence expands into non-clinical areas with professional skills days focusing on communication, conflict management and resolution, clinical auditing and resilience to list just a few.

Recognition and reward

Reward lies at the heart of our graduate programme. Realise your achievements and celebrate your successes with an organisation that recognise your hard work and the contribution you make to your team, your patients and their owners’ lives.

Career pathway

Throughout the programme you will be supported to explore long-term career options, whether that be general practice, specialisation or further education. The end of the programme marks just a small step in a fulfilling career within the Linnaeus family.

This is just the beginning

Your time on the GDP will form the foundation for a long and fulfilling career within Linnaeus. Further education, training and professional development is available to all veterinary Associates within Linnaeus no matter your role or career goal. We support all veterinary surgeons to be the best vets they can be!

Learn more about our career pathways here.

Opportunities within the Linnaeus Central Support Team also exist in fields such as education, quality and veterinary leadership for Associates at various stages of their career.

Want to learn more about our current graduates’ journeys? Follow up on Instagram @linnaeusgdp.



THE GDP is a great way to meet up with other new graduates and share your experiences. It also provides great CPD highly relevant to new graduates.
Coleen Jones, Abbey House Vets

The Linnaeus Graduate Development Programme has been integral to my first years in practice – surrounded by like-minded new graduates in a truly supportive environment with a wide range of CPD, it’s really allowed me to hit the ground running. It’s clear the learning is only really beginning when you graduate.
Faye Rawson, Cinque Port Vets

The Linnaeus GDP has been an incredibly supportive and informative introduction into practice life. With impeccable in-house mentorship as well as clinical and pastoral contacts throughout the entire Linnaeus family, the GDP has made the leap into the real world seamless and stress-free.
Amy Barry, Village Vet

Why not talk to one of graduates?

We encourage you to hear it from the horse’s mouth! We can put you in touch not only with former graduates, but also offer the opportunity to visit a practice and speak with their veterinary and nursing team.

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Next steps

Our vision at Linnaeus is to be recognised as UK and Ireland’s leading veterinary group, committed to excellence in all that we do and delivered through high-quality practices who share a common ethos.

So, if you share our vision and want to join our exciting and innovative practices then get in contact – you will be glad you did.

Application process

Applications for the 2021 Linnaeus Graduate Development Programme have now closed. Applications for our 2022 intake will open on Monday 3rd January 2022 at 9am. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.