The Veterinary Schools Council has combined the surveys previously issued by individual universities to veterinary employers onto a single 15-minute survey, launched today. Veterinary schools are encouraging as many employers of veterinary graduates as possible to complete it.
Responding to the needs of employers is vital to Veterinary Schools Council member institutions in maintaining the world-class quality of their graduates. This includes graduates of every UK veterinary school as well as those from University College Dublin and Utrecht University.
Along with amalgamating the separate surveys, this new survey has been informed by the ‘day one competencies’ defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Council of Ireland, and by the new domains of competence being developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The results will provide the most robust data on veterinary graduate competencies ever collected in the UK and Ireland. Veterinary schools will use the information to make analyses of their own graduates, while the Veterinary Schools Council will issue a report which analyses graduates as a whole.
Development of the survey has been led by the Veterinary Schools Council Education Committee. The survey was produced by the Work Psychology Group
Professor Ewan Cameron, Chair of the Veterinary Schools Council, says:
‘It is the employers who see the results of our hard work in the veterinary schools. For this reason it is important to build on our relationship with them and ensure that dialogue is strong. This survey will be an excellent way to do this, while helping us to ensure the continued quality of our students. Through it we can work with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to ensure that the outcomes for graduates, which define the goals of veterinary education, are meeting the needs of employers.
‘I would like to thank all employers for taking the time to complete the survey, and to commend the VSC Education Committee for their hard work in its development.’
The survey can be accessed here: http://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1137693/16e3/
It will be open until Friday 30 June.
Please note that the survey should be filled out by individuals who work in a day to day practical capacity with the graduate. Further details can be found through the link to the survey. For any questions on filling out the survey, please contact email@example.com or call 02074195494.
Notes to editors:
- The Veterinary Schools Council is made of seven UK veterinary schools offering degrees accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and has two associate members: University College Dublin and Utrecht University. It provides a source of informed opinion on matters concerning veterinary education, from the welfare of its students and academic researchers to its links with government and industry. The Council engages in representative and policy work to ensure that the voice of UK veterinary schools is recognised for its experience and will to innovate. For more on the work of the Veterinary Schools Council, see vetschoolscouncil.ac.uk and @ukvetschools
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