Using Trainee Recruitment Events to Fill Critical Vacancies

Jan 5, 2024 | Optometry HQ Announcements

VA Trainee Recruitment Events (VA-TRE) provide VA HPTs and VA facilities with open positions the opportunity to connect. By using streamlined recruitment, VA-TRE fills existing staffing needs with candidates who are VA-trained and ready to serve Veterans. HPTs may join the VA-TRE email list to be included in all future events by completing the form here: Join the VA Trainee Event Email List. HPTs will receive an automated reply from the system and be added to the HPT contact list for their profession.


Stay tuned for the facility and HPT candidate registration links for upcoming VA-TRE that will open in the new year in the following professions:

  • Audiology
  • Blind Rehabilitation
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Nurse Practitioner Residency
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Licensed Professional Mental Health Counseling


The expected timeline for the Winter-Spring 2024 event is identified below. Information will be distributed to DEOs, Profession-Specific Leadership, Program Directors, and HPTs when registration opens.

  • Facility Position Registration: Jan. 11 – 26, 2024
  • HPT Candidate Registration: Feb. 7 – 21, 2024
  • Meet and Greets: March 4 – 22, 2024
  • Interviews: March 25 – April 10, 2024
  • First Round Job Offers Extended: April 15 – 19, 2024