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IT might come as a surprise to some of them, but UK veterinary students seem to be more satisfied with the education they are receiving than many of their counterparts elsewhere in Europe.

This is one of the findings of a recently published survey undertaken by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the International Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA) to provide some insights into the labour market for veterinarians, and to help new graduates to make informed decisions when choosing which veterinary field to work in. The survey, in which students were asked to complete an online questionnaire, was conducted between October 2014 and February 2015. A report of the survey has recently been published1 and, although not all of the European veterinary schools are represented, the findings are of interest nonetheless.

In one of the questions, students were asked whether their veterinary education was teaching them the right skills and competences. The UK (represented in the FVE/IVSA's analysis by responses from students at the …

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