Development of veterinary communication skills at Murdoch University and in other Australian veterinary schools

Mills, Jennifer N, Irwin, Peter, Baguley, John, Meehan, Michael, Austin, Heidi, Fitzpatrick, Lee, Parry, Bruce, and Heath, Trevor (2006) Development of veterinary communication skills at Murdoch University and in other Australian veterinary schools. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 33 (1). pp. 93-99.

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Abstract

A historical perspective of the development of interpersonal communication and consultation skills workshops within the veterinary curriculum at Murdoch University is presented, along with plans for the future in this area. Videos have been found to be valuable teaching tools for triggering discussion in workshops on communication issues and in reviewing real client consultations. More use could be made of role plays with actors involving challenging consultations, and changes in the curriculum could allow for aspects of professional and applied interpersonal skills to be incorporated at an earlier stage of the program. An overview of the professional communication programs in other Australian veterinary schools is also presented. Most programs involve interaction with veterinary practitioners and consultants such as counselors and psychologists, and most veterinary schools offer a program of professional development spanning five years of the curriculum.

Item ID: 9964
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1943-7218
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 06:54
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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