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The need for business skills in veterinary education: perceptions versus evidence

Cake, M.A.ORCID: 0000-0002-0072-9024, Rhind, S.M. and Baillie, S. (2014) The need for business skills in veterinary education: perceptions versus evidence. In: Henry, C., (ed.) Veterinary business and enterprise : theoretical foundations and practical cases. Saunders Elsevier, Edinburg, pp. 9-22.


This chapter presents a comprehensive review of both perceptions and evidence for the importance of business skills to the success of veterinary graduates. The veterinary literature yields ample evidence supporting the importance of business skills: notably, they are acutely perceived as a major deficiency in new graduates, and are positively correlated with successful graduate outcomes including income and employer satisfaction. However, in a paradox which perhaps reveals more about perceptions than reality, business skills are almost universally rated of relatively lower importance in surveys where Likert scale methodology is used.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Saunders Elsevier
Copyright: © 2014, Elsevier Ltd
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