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Veterinary education
Networking to the fore at education symposium in Dublin

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HOW do you impress on veterinary students the need to use social media responsibly, and that not doing so could impact badly on both the profession and their career?

This question was addressed in a workshop held during this year's VetEd symposium, which was held at University College Dublin (UCD) in July. Leading the workshop, Jason Coe, of Ontario Veterinary College, noted that lack of discretion in posting content could have ‘significant repercussions for aspiring and established veterinary professionals’; given the widespread use of social media, veterinary educators needed to consider their role in raising students' awareness of the personal and professional risks associated with posting publicly available content.

Social media were changing the face of society, and undoubtedly brought benefits, but there was also a downside, and he drew attention to news items suggesting, for example, that ‘Facebook is divorce lawyers’ new best friend' and explaining ‘How to Facebook yourself out of a job’. Closer to the veterinary sphere, there were instances of practices losing clients as a result of inappropriate postings by staff. Problems could also arise as a result of posting pictures of clients' animals without consent or discussing cases in a publicly accessible forum.

Jason Coe: lack of discretion in …

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