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An admissions system to select veterinary medical students with an interest in food animals and veterinary public health.
J Vet Med Educ. 2009 Spring; 36(1):2-6.JV

Abstract

Interest in the areas of food animals (FA) and veterinary public health (VPH) appears to be declining among prospective students of veterinary medicine. To address the expected shortage of veterinarians in these areas, the Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has developed an admissions procedure to select undergraduates whose aptitude and interests are suited to these areas. A study using expert meetings, open interviews, and document analysis identified personal characteristics that distinguished veterinarians working in the areas of FA and VPH from their colleagues who specialized in companion animals (CA) and equine medicine (E). The outcomes were used to create a written selection tool. We validated this tool in a study among undergraduate veterinary students in their final (sixth) year before graduation. The applicability of the tool was verified in a study among first-year students who had opted to pursue either FA/VPH or CA/E. The tool revealed statistically significant differences with acceptable effect sizes between the two student groups. Because the written selection tool did not cover all of the differences between the veterinarians who specialized in FA/VPH and those who specialized in CA/E, we developed a prestructured panel interview and added it to the questionnaire. The evaluation of the written component showed that it was suitable for selecting those students who were most likely to succeed in the FA/VPH track.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Education and Student Affairs of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. j.c.m.haarhuis@uu.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19435984

Citation

Haarhuis, Jan C M., et al. "An Admissions System to Select Veterinary Medical Students With an Interest in Food Animals and Veterinary Public Health." Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, vol. 36, no. 1, 2009, pp. 2-6.
Haarhuis JC, Muijtjens AM, Scherpbier AJ, et al. An admissions system to select veterinary medical students with an interest in food animals and veterinary public health. J Vet Med Educ. 2009;36(1):2-6.
Haarhuis, J. C., Muijtjens, A. M., Scherpbier, A. J., & van Beukelen, P. (2009). An admissions system to select veterinary medical students with an interest in food animals and veterinary public health. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 36(1), 2-6. https://doi.org/10.3138/jvme.36.1.2
Haarhuis JC, et al. An Admissions System to Select Veterinary Medical Students With an Interest in Food Animals and Veterinary Public Health. J Vet Med Educ. 2009;36(1):2-6. PubMed PMID: 19435984.
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