Evaluating veterinary practitioner perceptions of communication skills and training

McDermott, M.P., Cobb, M.A., Tischler, Victoria, Robbé, I.J. and Dean, R.S. (2017) Evaluating veterinary practitioner perceptions of communication skills and training. Veterinary Record, 180 (12). ISSN 0042-4900

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Abstract

A survey was conducted among veterinary practitioners in the UK and the USA in 2012/2013. Thematic analysis was used to identify underlying reasons behind answers to questions about the importance of communication skills and the desire to participate in postgraduate communication skills training. Lack of training among more experienced veterinary surgeons, incomplete preparation of younger practitioners and differences in ability to communicate all contribute to gaps in communication competency. Barriers to participating in further communication training include time, cost and doubts in the ability of training to provide value. To help enhance communication ability, communication skills should be assessed in veterinary school applicants, and communication skills training should be more thoroughly integrated into veterinary curricula. Continuing education/professional development in communication should be part of all postgraduate education and should be targeted to learning style preferences and communication needs and challenges through an entire career in practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 British Veterinary Association. This article has been accepted for publication in Veterinary Record following peer review. The definitive copyedited, typeset version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103997.
Subjects: Education > Academic cultures
Education > Teaching and learning
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 08:20
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 08:20
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3245

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