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Veterinary Students as Global Citizens: Exploring opportunities for embedding the global dimension in the undergraduate veterinary curriculum

Blum, Nicole (2012) Veterinary Students as Global Citizens: Exploring opportunities for embedding the global dimension in the undergraduate veterinary curriculum. Royal Veterinary College, University of London and Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, London.

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Abstract

Veterinary medicine has an increasingly important role to play in addressing the global challenges of the 21st century, particularly in working towards worldwide disease control and food security. This contribution will be vital in the face of pressures resulting from a rapidly expanding, increasingly mobile human population and climate change. Globalisation will, conversely, also see world affairs impacting upon veterinary practice in the United Kingdom as never before. Veterinary undergraduate education must reflect these challenges and equip tomorrow’s veterinary surgeons with the knowledge and skills that they will require to practise in a rapidly changing world, and to contribute effectively to society’s needs. This report explores the contributions that veterinary medicine can make to global health and development and highlights the need for improved undergraduate teaching in this area. The report also reflects on how this might be achieved and the barriers to change, including limited space within undergraduate curricula, approaches to teaching and learning, perceptions of the relevance of global health to training and professional development, and the need for greater support from relevant professional bodies. Finally, it makes a number of recommendations for future work on these issues within UK veterinary education.

Item Type: Book
Controlled Keywords: Internationalisation, Veterinary education, Curriculum development, Higher education, Global perspectives
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 04:20
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:25
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