The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Tuesday, May 15 • 11:15am - 11:45am
Altruism in the next generation- a professional trait?

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Abstract (Maximum 150 words; please avoid details that identify school and/or authors) Altruism, or helping others, even at a risk or cost to oneself, is regarded as a professional trait for caring and health sciences professions such as veterinary science. This study used a choice experiment with conjoint analysis to obtain a ‘revealed’ measure of altruistic disposition. Final year veterinary students participated from three veterinary programs. The ‘experiment’ involved eight job scenarios with differing levels of three components in an ‘orthogonal design’; the respondent rated the attractiveness of each job to them. This method may be of theoretical and practical interest to researchers in veterinary education looking to avoid relying on ‘self-reporting’ using Likert scaled items. The results are ‘revealed’ measures of respondents’ values. Clusters of respondents were identified with differing levels of importance of income and altruism. Importantly, we also consider gender differences and possible implications for a profession suffering high rates of compassion fatigue and salary deflation.

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Adele Feakes

Senior Lecturer in Business & Practice Management, The University of Adelaide
I started in emergency practice and continued for 24 years as a rural practice owner. My teaching and research interests are business and entrepreneurial capabilities for veterinary science students and also PNG women in agriculture.

Tuesday May 15, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre