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What is veterinary employability?

The VetSet2Go project team developed a working definition of veterinary employability:

“A set of adaptive personal and professional capabilities that enable a veterinarian to gain employment, contribute meaningfully to the profession, and develop a career pathway that achieves satisfaction and success.”

The VetSet2Go project team also developed the Veterinary Employability Framework, defining the capabilities most important for employability and success in the veterinary profession.

This process was guided by a conception of the successful veterinary professional as one capable of navigating and balancing the (sometimes competing) needs and expectations of multiple stakeholders: employers, colleagues, clients, patients, the broader profession – and importantly, the veterinarian themselves.

After conducting extensive research around the expectations of key stakeholder groups, the VetSet2Go project identified 18 key capabilities that are consistently important to employability in veterinary contexts.

These aligned to broad, overlapping domains defined by their outcome orientation: Psychological Resources (for yourself), Effective Relationships (for others), Veterinary Capabilities (for the task), and Professional Commitment (for the mission), all activated by a central element of Self-Awareness (for the process).

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