A career development program: Building resilience in veterinary undergraduates

Taylor, Donnalee B., Johns, Kellie M., Reilly, Margaret L., and Hedlefs, Robert M. (2022) A career development program: Building resilience in veterinary undergraduates. Australian Journal of Career Development, 31 (1). pp. 26-41.

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Abstract

Retaining workers in high stress occupations and preparing undergraduates to enter these occupations continues to intensify along with mental health and wellbeing challenges. The veterinary profession is particularly vulnerable to poor psychological health which contributes negatively to the retention of veterinarians in the profession. Employing the positive psychology theoretical model rationale, and the andragogy philosophies and approaches, a veterinary career development (VCD) program was scaffolded across a five year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree. Thematic analysis of participants’ feedback with a focus on what they think, feel and do provided valuable insights into participants’ developing skill-strength and tacit knowledge, and their resilience-building. The authors believe this is the first report on the creation and outcomes of a veterinary career development program that fosters the building of resilience through the attainment of tacit knowledge and practical skills required for successful employment and wellbeing.

Item ID: 73688
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2200-6974
Keywords: Resilience, self-efficacy, career theory, development, veterinary, mental health, tacit knowledge, positive psychology
Copyright Information: © Australian Council for Educational Research 2022
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 00:07
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 30%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology @ 35%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy @ 35%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education @ 50%
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