VetSet2Go project to increase graduate employability

VetSet2GoCongratulations to Associate Professor Martin Cake and colleagues on securing funding for an exciting new project to help increase veterinary graduate success! Details of the project are below.

VetSet2Go: a collaborative outcomes and assessment framework building employability, resilience and veterinary graduate success

Project leader: Associate Professor Martin Cake (Murdoch University)

Lead Institute:  Murdoch University Dr Melinda Bell,  Dr Caroline Mansfield (School of Education)

Partner Institutes:
University of Queensland  Dr Dan Schull, Dr Eva King
University of Adelaide  Dr Michelle McArthur, DrWendy Hamood, Dr Adele Feakes
University of Sydney  Dr Susan Matthew Dr Sanaa Zaki
University of Edinburgh  Professor Susan Rhind
University of Nottingham A/Prof Liz Mossop, Dr Kate Cobb

The VetSet2Go project will make a distinctive contribution to the rapidly-evolving field of employability, hitherto ignored in the veterinary context despite looming large as a pressing concern.  Our approach is to use the employability construct, interpreted through the applied lens of ‘preparedness-for-practice’, to provide greater clarity, priority and effective feedback on the veterinary graduate capabilities that most influence employment and professional success. This project is designed to achieve international disciplinary impact through enhancement of constructive alignment, student and work integrated learning (WiL) supervisor engagement, transition to practice, and graduate resilience. Employability may be defined in the veterinary context as:

"A set of personal and professional capabilities that enable a veterinarian to gain employment, and develop a professional pathway that achieves satisfaction and success" (for the benefit of themselves, their workplace, the profession, animals and the community) (adapted from Yorke1).

The project aims to develop an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder framework of key veterinary employability capabilities, and an associated pedagogy of multisource assessment and reflection constructively aligned to this framework, in order to improve veterinary graduate employability, resilience in transition to practice, and professional satisfaction and success.

Phase one will synthesise a wide body of existing research to inform a unique bi-national forum, and distil a veterinary employability framework solidly grounded in both evidence and multi-stakeholder consensus.
Phase two will validate a multisource assessment approach that embeds and scaffolds these employability capabilities within formative feedback and assessment, particularly in (WiL).

1.    Yorke  M. 2005 Employability in higher education: what it is - what it is not.


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