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 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Perfect match! How employers select new graduate veterinarians for employment

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How do employers approach the selection of new graduate veterinarians for employment? Using semi-structured interviews, and criterion sampling for maximal variation, this study aimed to explore the nuances of, and rationale behind, employer perspectives, opinions and decision-making processes when selecting new graduate veterinarians for employment. Eighteen employers were interviewed either face-to-face, by telephone or via Skype. Data were analysed using thematic analysis, within the context of a social constructivist lens. Extending on previous quantitative work, this study captures greater detail related to desirable employee attributes, and how each is appraised and evaluated by employers during their selection processes. Findings from this project emphasise the critical role that employer circumstances and needs can play in the selection of new graduate veterinarians for employment, and the influence of perceptions of candidate job suitability, and employee-workplace match.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre