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Alumni-based evaluation of a novel veterinary curriculum: are Nottingham graduates prepared for clinical practice?
  1. K. A. Cobb1,
  2. G. A. Brown2,
  3. R. H. Hammond3 and
  4. L. H. Mossop1
  1. 1School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, UK
  2. 2Nottingham, UK
  3. 3School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr K. A. Cobb; katy.cobb{at}


Introduction Outcomes-based education has been the core of the curriculum strategy of the Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) since its inception in 2006. As part of the ongoing curriculum evaluation, the first two graduating cohorts were invited to provide an appraisal of their preparation by the SVMS curriculum for their role in clinical practice. This paper provides brief accounts of the SVMS curriculum model, the development of the evaluation instrument and the findings of the alumni survey.

Materials and Methods The evaluation instrument contained 25 attributes expected of SVMS graduates. Alumni rated their preparation for practice in relation to each attribute.

Results The four highest rated characteristics were compassion for animals and the application of ethics to animal welfare; communication skills; recognising own limitations and seeking help and advice where needed and clinical examination skills. The four lowest rated were clinical case management and therapeutic strategies; dealing with veterinary public health and zoonotic issues; knowledge of current veterinary legislation and dealing with emergency and critical care cases. Free text responses were in line with these quantitative findings.

Conclusion The results indicate that this sample of SVMS graduates were satisfied with their undergraduate education and felt well prepared for their role in clinical practice.

  • Pets
  • Clinical
  • Economics
  • Health
  • Large animals

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