Training programmes for veterinary undergraduates should be broader and recent graduates’ skills are in need of improvement, according to a new survey.

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) said there was a “recognised need” to advance undergraduate training, after 13,000 vets from 24 European countries took part in its first Survey of the Veterinary Profession in Europe.

The survey assessed benchmarking statistics for the profession relating to demographic, work market and financial indicators.

The report stated: “While much has been done to widen and increase the range of skills and training offered to undergraduates, there is still a need to further widen the training base so other fields, including aquaculture and bee health, for example, become core parts of the curriculum.”
FVE is discussing recommendations with the European Association of Veterinary Education Establishments aimed at improving training.
Survey respondents also stated “the skills of the recent graduate are in need of improvement”. FVE believes this issue should be addressed, but cautioned respondents’ perceptions may be the result of the increased complexity of practice and consumer expectations.
  • For further details, including comment from BVA president John Blackwell, see this week’s Veterinary Times (45.24).
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