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Veterinarians' Self-Reported Needs and Attitudes on the Atlantic Canada Veterinary College and Associated Teaching Hospital in Relation to Continuing Education, Research, and Clinical Referrals.

Authors
  • Jakobek, Benjamin T1
  • Stull, Jason W2
  • Munguia, George3
  • Evason, Michelle4
  • 1 Department of Companion Animals, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3 Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3 Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Veterinary Emergency Group, 3845 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 USA.
  • 4 Department of Companion Animals, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3 Canada; and Consultant, Michelle Evason Veterinary Internal Medicine & Nutrition Consultations. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of veterinary medical education
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2023
Volume
50
Issue
2
Pages
243–250
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3138/jvme-2021-0092
PMID: 35503909
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The relationship between veterinary colleges (VCs), associated veterinary teaching hospital referral centers (VTHs), and referring veterinarians (rVets) is important and complex. Despite this, there has been minimal research on rVets with respect to their regional VC and VTH. Our objectives were to evaluate rVets' attitudes and self-reported needs on their regional VC's VTH surrounding (a) continuing education, (b) collaborative research, and (c) referrals for specialty consultation and care. Participants (rVets) were invited to complete an online questionnaire (2018-2019). Respondents (n = 56) indicated multiple (24) unmet continuing education topic needs, of which dermatology and behavior were most selected. Many rVets (70%) reported an interest in collaborative research participation. Communication was frequently selected by respondents when asked what could be improved with respect to the VTH referral center process. Our work provides a benchmark attitudes and needs assessment, identifies areas for improvement, and may aid initiatives regionally, and likely externally, as adapted to other rVet-VC-VTH relationships.

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