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Partners in veterinary education: Career options

Jennifer Mills
Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Division of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University
Several opportunities have arisen for productive interaction of veterinary students with members of the profession from government, industry and private enterprise. A major involvement is formal practical work experience in veterinary practices and commercial laboratories. This requires some supervision and written reports by the students on the experience.

This presentation will focus on other opportunities for student learning from partners already in the workplace, in interactive learning sessions in the final year of the course. The Practice Management unit contains a number of workshops which involve veterinarians and others who mostly donate their time for student benefit. One such new workshop held in 2002 was on the topic of 'Career Options'. Three speakers were invited to make short presentations on their career paths. They represented industry, research and postgraduate specialisation options. They spoke of reasons for the changes they made, the risks they took and benefits of the outcomes. A lively question and answer segment with the panel followed. The speakers were selected for their enthusiasm and experience, and students expressed marked satisfaction with the information they obtained. A separate brief session also involved Australian Volunteers International.

While the Career Option session was of an introductory nature, a more effective learning experience would arise from the student being actively engaged in some of these workplace activities: ie, doing primary research; visiting a third world country in a semi-professional capacity; being involved in commercial enterprise. While all these options are not practical for all students within the current curriculum, limited opportunity does exist in other units within the program.

Please cite as: Mills, J. (2003). Partners in veterinary education: Career options. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/mills-abs.html

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