Project sets vets for success April 14, 2016 A new project to help veterinary graduates make the transition into professional practice and a lifelong successful career has been launched by a group of pioneering vet schools. VetSet2Go is an international collaboration led by academics from Murdoch University, which aims to bridge the gap between undergraduate veterinary courses and employers, client and graduate expectations. Over the next two years, participating vet schools in Australia, the UK and the USA will be consulting with students, new graduates, veterinary educators, employers and clients to develop an evidence-based employability framework and associated teaching methods. Key goals are to promote wellbeing and resilience among new vets, smooth transition to professional practice and develop transferable skills, including communication and team work, which are essential to success in the veterinary marketplace. Research leader Associate Professor Martin Cake, from Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, said the project would involve research into the qualities vet employers are looking for in graduates and what makes experienced practitioners resilient. “We plan to ensure the capabilities that most influence employability are more explicit in education, to help students better prepare for the challenges they will encounter in transition to practice,” he said. “As well as building the fundamental ‘transferable’ skills that will bring success in any work situation, the additional focus on satisfaction in employment will bring much-needed attention to resilience and wellbeing in the transition to work.” Professor Cake said a dedicated subproject would explore the factors influencing resilience, which is highlighted in their early findings as a key consideration for recent graduates. “This and other research will inform the development of an employability framework firmly grounded in evidence and stakeholder consensus,” added Professor Cake. “In the second phase of the project, this framework will be used to develop various online assessment tools and resources to help build these capabilities in veterinary undergraduates.” The VetSet2Go website has just been launched and the project team are now keen to hear from those with an interest in employability and resilience. There will be many ways to get involved in the project, such as by participating in surveys or by attending events, including an inaugural ‘Veterinary Employability Forum’ planned for early 2017. To register your interest or to receive ongoing news about the project, visit the project website at www.vetset2go.edu.au, or follow @vetset2go on Twitter. Notes for editors The project is a partnership between the veterinary schools of four Australian universities – Murdoch University (lead institution), University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, and University of Sydney), and two in the United Kingdom (University of Edinburgh and University of Nottingham). One member of the project team is now based at Washington State University, extending the potential reach of the project to the US. Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. Professor Cake’s Murdoch colleagues Dr Melinda Bell, Dr Caroline Mansfield and Dr Laura King are working with him on the VetSet2Go project. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Tags: caroline mansfield, laura king, martin cake, melinda bell, murdoch vet, office for learning and teaching, undergrad vet courses, vet employability, vet graduate, vet resilience, vetset2go Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!