First peer-to-peer veterinary mentoring app to launch

Chirp will launch in September
calendar icon 22 August 2023
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Chirp, the veterinary industry’s first peer-to-peer mentoring app for early career veterinarians, is finalising beta testing and will launch in September, according to a company-issued press release.

Available by voice or video on any mobile device, Chirp was created to provide instant answers and assistance from qualified, seasoned veterinarians. Chirp allows a veterinarian to immediately connect with an experienced mentor who can walk them through just about any problem they may be facing, from interpreting test results and creating treatment plans to managing time and communicating with clients.

“Veterinary medicine is not a solo sport. We can easily support one another using today’s technology,” said Diane Levitan, Chirp founder. “Through this app, early career vets can simply and quickly connect with experienced veterinarians, which will immediately relieve stress and anxiety and improve efficiency.”

Chirp is not a defined mentorship program. Instead, it is a practical, simple tool available for veterinarians to use when needed. When a veterinarian opens the app, they can choose a mentor who is currently available for instant help or make an appointment with a mentor, including any they have built a relationship with. They can also text to follow up on previous communications.

“Mentors in practices will not always be available, and mentees may not want to ask their onsite mentors certain questions,” Levitan explained. “With Chirp, there’s no waiting. Chirp mentors will always be available on the spot, with no judgment and no distractions.”

Consultations are typically one to two questions and ten to twenty minutes, and they are summarized and transcribed for future reference. Following a consult, mentees provide brief feedback, and calls are continuously reviewed for quality assurance.

In addition to helping early career veterinarians gain confidence, Chirp aims to help veterinary practices keep more revenue in-house by referring fewer cases out. Referring out three cases per month at $2,500 per case translates to a $90,000 annual practice loss for unnecessary referrals.

“Chirp is helping to make new veterinarians feel valued, supported, confident, and productive,” explained Levitan. “Veterinary medicine is an art, not an exact science. Let’s learn and thrive from each other’s experiences.”

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