86 (5) pp 303

Title: 
An analysis of the employment of veterinarians in Flanders and perception of the quality of the veterinary training at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University
Author(s): 
A. VAN CLEVEN, J. SAUNDERS, P. DEPREZ, J. DEWULF
Abstract: 

By means of a survey, the authors attempted to determine the work situation of graduated veterinarystudents and the perception of the quality of education at the Ghent University. Three veterinariancohorts were contacted who graduated at different time intervals: between 2002 and 2004, 2009 and2011 and between 2014 and 2016. Out of 488 completed surveys (47% of the contacted respondents),it became apparent that veterinarians in Flanders work on average 47 hours per week and are relativelyhappy about their day-to-day tasks. Eighty percent (most recently graduated group) and 68% (longestgraduated group) of the respondents work as a veterinary practitioner and 81% of these practitionerswork in a group practice. Veterinarians with Belgian nationality are mostly self-employed, while mostDutch veterinarians work on the payroll of someone else. The results of the survey show that therespondents are happy with the theoretic part of the veterinary study, but believe that there is notenough focus on the practicing part, which is too limited. According to the respondents, veterinarytraining should be more focused on first-line veterinary medicine, on the developing of communicationskills with clients and colleagues and on business management.

Full text: 
pp 303-310
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