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.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Tuesday, May 15 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Attributes university students think veterinary employees value in their employees

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A survey of students from five Australian veterinary schools included an open ended question about the attributes they thought veterinary employers value most in their employees. Veterinary student participants (n=450) were either mid-way or in final year of their veterinary programs. Textual data was evaluated using qualitative content and frequency analysis to ascertain attributes students identified as important and to determine how this compared with attributes valued by veterinary employers. Differences in student’s perspective according to year level in the veterinary program were also explored. There is currently limited research specifically addressing perspectives of veterinary students with respect to attributes valued by veterinary employers. It is unknown whether the perspectives of students regarding important veterinary employee attributes align with the perspectives of employers. The findings of this study help inform veterinary program curriculum design by identifying differences in expectations between students and employers, enabling student understanding of veterinary employer expectations of new graduates to be improved.


Wendy Hamood

University of Adelaide

Tuesday May 15, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre