2009, Malaga: ‘Teaching Veterinary Professionalism’


  • Liz Mossop (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Sarah Baillie (Royal Veterinary College, UK)
  • Michèle Doucet (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Gill McConnell (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Esther de Groot (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)

There is general agreement amongst undergraduate veterinary educators that explicit teaching of professionalism is an essential
part of today’s curriculum. It is no longer enough to rely on the “hidden curriculum” where students learn by example from
respected role models – although this in itself is very important. Curricula of veterinary professionalism are currently being
put in place by many veterinary schools around the world. Veterinary educators can learn a lot from the experience of medical
educators, but there is also a need to develop distinct veterinary strategies.

This workshop enabled participants to work towards a shared definition of veterinary professionalism, and generated practical advice for developing a curriculum of professionalism. The importance of the “hidden curriculum” in influencing professional development was also discussed.



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