There are five subprojects, as follows:
This qualitative subproject will explore graduate and employer perspectives, and key capabilities influencing success outcomes (employer satisfaction, graduate satisfaction/well-being, ease of transition) in the transition to practice.
The purpose of this subproject is to explore how employers approach the selection of new graduate veterinarians for employment. Using semi-structured interviews, this study aims to investigate the nuances and rationale behind employer perspectives, opinions and decision-making processes. It is envisaged that results from this study will inform, complement and extend upon data collated by employer surveys conducted by partner institutes.
This subproject will address the gaps in understanding the factors contributing to resilience in veterinarians, particularly in the transition to practice. Professional, emotional, motivational and social dimensions of resilience will be established for veterinary practice and WiL in veterinary contexts. This will lead to a definition of what resilience encompasses in veterinary practice, how it may be practically achieved in WiL programs and the relationships it has with student performance. Resilience is expected to be a key capability influencing success outcomes in the transition to practice.
This subproject will address the almost complete absence of data around what drives client satisfaction with veterinarians, particularly in the employability context (i.e. underpinning capabilities). This will be achieved via interviews and focus groups, followed by surveys, to ensure rich data reflecting the expectations of the client, the true ‘coalface’ of veterinary clinical work.
This subproject involves an international quantitative survey to explore the multi-stakeholder consensus around, and the relative importance of, the veterinary employability capabilities that have been identified in the preceding subprojects.