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Grit score and its relationship to successful enrolment in specialist veterinary training
  1. Dominic Barfield1 and
  2. Sophie Adamantos2
  1. 1Department of Clinical Science and Services, Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, UK
  2. 2Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence; dbarfield{at}

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In the UK, the majority of veterinary surgeons undertaking small animal rotating internships in university teaching hospitals do so with an intention to progress to clinical specialist training.1 However, not all those interns wanting to pursue specialist training achieve their goal. The achievement of difficult goals entails talent and a continued focused application of that talent over time.2 Veterinary degrees are highly competitive (approximately 8.3 applicants per university admission in the UK).3 Those who are successful in obtaining a degree in the UK are likely to work in small animal practice with approximately 10 per cent of recent veterinary graduates pursuing an internship.3 Selection procedures for interns applying for university-based programmes use a number of methods which include academic grades throughout their degree, examination of curricula vitae and interviews. Success is defined by interns in academic programmes as progressing to clinical specialist training.1 Currently, there are no studies investigating what academic and personal characteristics are associated with this success. The Grit score provides a numerical value to an individual’s personality trait of perseverance of effort and consistency of interest for long-term goals.2 The aim of this study is to examine the grit value for small animal veterinary interns completing university programmes and to see if that value has any correlation with progression to further clinical training or research.

A web-based questionnaire was sent to small animal interns from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was obtained at both institutions for the study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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