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You Said, We Did...Thank you for Feedback on our MVB Programme

Thank you to everyone who participated in our MVB programme evaluation over the past three years. There was a good response rate from both alumni and employers to our surveys and focus groups. The key questions focused on how prepared graduates are to begin work as a veterinarian. Data collected and analysed from both alumni and employers indicated similar findings.

Key areas of strength:

  • Strong knowledge base
  • Committed lecturers and support teams
  • Broad range of species and experiences

We use a ‘you said, we did’ approach - here are some of the key findings from what you said regarding areas for improvement and what we have done:

Your feedback on areas for improvement Our Actions
More financial awareness and business skills relating to running a practice, as well as considerations when making decisions about treatment plans. Embedding a vertical business / financial theme in the programme with relevant content now being taught in years 1, 3 and 4. 
More opportunities to develop communication skills. Communications Skills training (simulated consults with actors) is now a core activity in Year 3 (basic, routine consults) and Year 4 (challenging consults, delivering bad news). 
More opportunities to develop and gain confidence in basic clinical skills and emergency and critical care. Embedding a clinical skills curriculum and introducing more practical assessment of clinical skills. The Clinical Skills Centre is further resourced to be available to students for practice and strongly promote self-motivated engagement as this is critical to mastery of technical skills.
Build confidence to feel prepared to commence employment. More active learning strategies such as case-based learning and evidence-based approaches to support decision making and informed action. 

Your feedback is instrumental to continuous improvements in the programme - we look forward to hearing your views again in the coming years. 

Further information: If you would like further details of these feedback opportunities, please contact Sue.Rackard@ucd.ie

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