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Identifying the capabilities most important for veterinary employability using a modified Delphi process

Bell, M.A., Cake, M.A.ORCID: 0000-0002-0072-9024, King, L.T. and Mansfield, C.F. (2021) Identifying the capabilities most important for veterinary employability using a modified Delphi process. Veterinary Record . Early View.

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In the veterinary profession, employability has been defined as ‘a set of personal and professional capabilities that enable a veterinarian to gain employment, contribute meaningfully to the profession, and develop a career pathway that achieves satisfaction and success’. This study was part of a multinational collaborative research project aiming to define the capabilities most important for employability in the veterinary context (


The project gathered empirical evidence from multiple stakeholders including employees, employers, clients, team members, academics and professional bodies. These perspectives needed to be brought together as a cohesive body of evidence. We used a modified Delphi process, whereby a panel of experts were asked to reach consensus on the capabilities most important for veterinary employability, after considering the evidence from the sub-projects.


The Delphi panel reached rapid consensus upon 21 of an initial 47 capabilities, including effective communication with clients and colleagues, teamwork, technical knowledge and skills, resilience and well-being, adaptability, emotional intelligence, workflow management and empathy and compassion.


Of note for veterinary educators are those attitudinal items identified by this Delphi process as important to employability but potentially underemphasised in existing competency frameworks, such as accepts responsibility, keen to learn, diligence (high standard of care) and self-awareness.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: British Veterinary Association
Copyright: © 2021 British Veterinary Association
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