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Survey highlights graduates’ strengths and weaknesses

Recent graduates have good communication skills and empathise well with clients and colleagues, according to a survey of veterinary employers.

Carried out by the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC), the survey assessed employers’ perception of the competence of vets who have graduated within the last two years. A variety of skills were rated by 576 UK employers.

The highest-scoring category for new graduates was empathy, with a mean score of 4/5 (5 = highly competent). Many employers highlighted that recent graduates have strong communication skills.

However, employers did not feel that graduates had a good understanding of financial and business management, with the lowest scores being given for these skills. Fewer than one third of the employers felt that graduates were aware of the costs involved in running a veterinary business.

Although clinical and practical skills generally received high scores, employers …

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