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Majority of graduates satisfied with veterinary course choice
Two-thirds of veterinary graduates agreed or strongly agreed that their course helped their current proficiency in decision making.
New data released from the second national survey on graduate competency.

A recent survey conducted by the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) in collaboration with the RCVS shows that the vast majority of veterinary graduates are satisfied with their choice of veterinary course.

Data from the Graduate and Employer Survey for 2019 reveals that 95 per cent of surveyed graduates reported being happy with their course, while two-thirds agreed or strongly agreed that their course helped their current proficiency in decision making.

Four-fifths of graduates surveyed also agreed or strongly agreed that Extra-mural studies (EMS) had prepared them for entering the workforce. Researchers hope that the feedback will help veterinary schools continue to provide education that meets the needs of the profession.

“As veterinary educators, we welcome the publication of new data on recent graduate competence,” commented Prof. Susan Rhind, chair of the VSC Education Committee. “We believe that improvements to veterinary education should be based on evidence which is strengthened by these new data.

“The findings from this survey will bolster our efforts to improve on perceived areas of weaker competence in our veterinary graduates. We are particularly pleased to see that 95 per cent of surveyed graduates reported that they were satisfied with their choice of veterinary course, which undoubtedly reflects the high quality of veterinary education in this country”.

The Graduate and Employer Survey for 2019 is the second national survey on graduate competency developed by the VSC in collaboration with the Work Psychology Group and distributed by the RCVS. Surveyed graduates completed their degrees between 2013 and 2015, while employers responded about their most recent employee who graduated between 2017 and 2018.

As the surveys are repeated over time, researchers hope that it will enable comparisons between the views of employers on graduate competency and those of the graduates themselves.

“Following the release of the first national survey in 2017 veterinary schools have considered ways in which they can improve on lower-rated areas of competence, such as graduates’ knowledge of financial management,” Professor Rhind continued. “The publication of the new data will provide more nuanced information on graduate competence and the Veterinary Schools Council’s Education Committee will continue to work with the profession to address any perceived areas for improvement.”

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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."