A Winning Beginning!
Do you have a passion for equine medicine? Have you dreamed of being the "horse doc" but aren't sure how to navigate the waters to success? Are you searching for a group of like-minded folks who are there to offer support and encouragement?
Well, you've found your herd!
Starting Gate, a branch of Decade One, is a program designed to help aspiring equine practitioners grow and thrive. This program will present business content oriented specifically to equine veterinary students while building connections and community that will carry you through your education and your practice career.
Whether you’re interested in practice ownership or being an associate, gaining knowledge of equine practice business management is more important in your career than you might think. Learn about creating a plan for your career, understand cash flow and how to make a simple budget, learn ways to manage student loan debt, and explore how to have difficult conversations more comfortably. Find out ways to manage your stress during the time crunch of veterinary school or an internship, how to choose the best externships and internship to meet your goals, and how to negotiate employment agreements and non-compete clauses. Learn about the typical revenue and expenses of an equine veterinary practice, and the impact you have as a veterinarian. With these tools, you can gain confidence and knowledge to create the career and life that you want.
Each Starting Gate group is made up of about 25 students from the same year of veterinary school education. Two groups form each academic year for 1st year students, two for 2nd year students, two for 3rd year students, and two for 4th year students along with those graduates in internships. The groups will remain together for four years, and can then continue together as Decade One groups for the early years of their professional careers as equine practitioners.
To join a Starting Gate group, students and interns are asked to provide a paragraph (200 word limit) briefly describing why they would like to join a group. Suggestions to include in the paragraph include: one thing that excites you about the prospect of being an equine veterinarian, one thing that makes you nervous about the prospect of being an equine veterinarian and one way you hope Starting Gate will help you in your career journey. To join a forming group or add your name to the waiting list for a currently filled group, click here.