Graduate Development Program

Apiam provides a supportive environment for newly and recently graduated veterinarians, with friendly teams of experienced veterinarians and nursing staff in each of our clinics.

We recognise that the transition to practice can be a challenging time for new graduates.  Our structured Graduate Development Program identifies the key areas of professional development from both a clinical and pastoral perspective to ensure that graduates feel supported whilst being given the freedom to learn and develop the competencies essential to their future success.

Graduate Program Key Objectives

  • To introduce graduates to Apiam’s culture and values.
  • To support graduates as they commence their professional career and to demonstrate the variety of career path opportunities available within Apiam.
  • To enable graduates to work efficiently and safely.
  • To ensure graduates achieve clinical competence and confidence across a range of species.
  • To ensure graduates are valuable and integrated team members and to build their Apiam peer support network.
  • To ensure graduates build and maintain a supportive peer network within Apiam.

Graduate Program Initiatives

  • 24 month program for newly or recently qualified veterinarians.
  • On-line and face-to-face soft skills training including Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management, Communication Skills and Leadership.
  • Formal Mentor Program where graduates are matched with experienced veterinarians both within and external to their clinic team, to provide support both clinically and non-clinically.
  • Recording and monitoring of clinical skills to allow achievable goals to be set and career pathways to be developed.
  • Annual Grad Week Conference consisting of practical continuing education workshops to fast-track clinical skills plus social events to get to know peers and colleagues from across our network.
  • Internal opportunities within the Apiam network to further develop graduates’ specific areas of interest.

2020 Apiam Grad Week Conference

In February 2020,  Apiam brought together their future veterinary leaders in Bendigo for the inaugural Grad Week Conference. The program consisted of practical learning over a week with Apiam vets in the first 0-3 years of their vet career being eligible to attend. There were three streams at the conference: companion animal, equine and cattle, along with some collaborative team-building sessions.

2020 Grad Week Gallery

The companion animal stream included practical dentistry, dental radiography using iM3 imaging, behavioural medicine, consulting technique and canine ultrasound. The cattle stream covered uterine torsions, tracheal washes as a diagnostic tool, subcutaneous foetotomies, liver biopsies, intravenous fluid therapy in calves, lab diagnostics and ProDairy consultancy.  These two streams took place at the brand new veterinary and nursing facilities at the Bendigo TAFE.

The equine program focussed on lameness covering examination, diagnostics and podiatry, with some additional sessions including equine emergencies, opthalmic examination and reproduction. Delegates travelled to Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine Clinic and Kilmore Equine Clinic for most of these sessions with the remainder occurring at Bendigo TAFE.

The collaborative sessions were hosted by members of the Apiam Business Support Network and Executive Team. There was also a focus on veterinary well-being with workshops from MakeHeadway and Driver Dynamics.

No conference would be complete without a full social program! Whether it be the Welcome Hog Roast, Barefoot Bowls , Paella by the Apiam Pool or the Gala Dinner at Lake Weeroona, there was something to suit everybody and we are very much looking forward to Grad Week 2021!

New Graduate Program Career Support

Personal Development:

  • Setting yourself up for success
  • Building resilience
  • Developing Support Networks
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mindfulness & stress management
  • Training assertiveness in practice
  • Positive communication strategies
  • Looking after yourself – the importance of self-care
  • Work – life balance
  • Goal setting

Practical Workshops:

  • Cattle Obstetrics & Surgery
  • Lameness in Cattle
  • Down Cows
  • From Calf to Calving
  • Companion Animal Dentistry
  • Companion Animal Imaging
  • Companion Animal Emergency and Critical Care
  • Introduction to Equine Dentistry

Contact us

Apiam invites veterinarians with a desire for building a fulfilling career to forward your expression of interest and your resume to

For more information, please submit your enquiry below


How can I join the Apiam team?
You can apply for an advertised position either through the advert on our website, or by emailing your cover letter, resume and location preference to
What is the standard recruitment process?
Once your application has been submitted, Apiam’s People and Culture team will review your application against the criteria of the role. If you meet these criteria your application will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further shortlisting and for interviews to be conducted. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified in writing.
Should I include a cover letter with my application?
Yes, you can use your cover letter to emphasise what you can bring to the role and how you meet the required criteria
Do you offer sponsorship for overseas candidates?
Apiam may offer sponsorship for overseas candidates depending on the role type and eligibility. Please check the eligible positions here, and then contact the People & Culture team for more information.
How can I do placement at one of the Apiam Clinics?

If you are interested in doing placement in one of our clinics, please contact the clinic you are interested in directly or alternatively email for advice.  We have clinics based all over Australia, and details of these can be found here.