Journal article

The Influence of Workplace Learning on Attitudes Toward Animal Welfare in Veterinary Students

Sarah Pollard-Williams, Rebecca E Doyle, Rafael Freire

Journal of Veterinary Medical Education | UNIV TORONTO PRESS INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

Several studies suggest that veterinary students' empathy for animals declines during the years spent at university, yet the factors responsible for this change are not well understood. This study focused on the influence of workplace learning (WPL) on veterinary students' empathy for animals. WPL comprises off-campus placements and is common to all veterinary degree programs. A survey of 150 veterinary students at Charles Sturt University was conducted using an established animal-empathy scale. In general, our findings supported previous studies that empathy for animals declines between the first and fifth year and is lower in male students than in female students. Our findings indicated th..

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