We cordially invite you to read the latest European publication about the education of veterinary doctors in the area of interpersonal communication with the client. “International comparative analysis of the Medical Veterinary Doctors educational framework” contains data from selected European Union countries, developed in a comprehensive report.

You will find here interesting information and statistical data on veterinary doctors and veterinary students as well as the education system in the context of communication between the veterinarian and the client – the owner of the animal.

Across the Europe, there are more than 243,000 practicing veterinary doctors who look after more than 157,000,000 accompanying animals and more than 347 million of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. Veterinary doctors are a very specialized group of professionals in thefield of medical professions who after graduation have to deal with various specific situations in the workplace.

From year to year, the number of practicing veterinary doctors is increasing throughout Europe. At the same time, veterinary doctors in their daily professional practice have to face increasingly demanding clients – owners, careers of animals. Veterinarians often face the challenge of changing the attitude of their clients, their needs and the increasingly demanding approach. This can be a serious barrier to work.

Communication with the client (the owner of the animal) is a very specific type of contact. It includes the skills of personal communication, requires a certain level of empathy, but also knowledge of how to manage a conversation with the client to receive the necessary information to effectively diagnose the problem, communicate during treatment of the animal, and encourage the client to continue treatment to complete the entire medical process.

Therefore, the important task was to check to what extent European teaching models meet these growing needs in the area of effective and professional communication.

We have carried out an analysis of veterinary education systems in the context of teaching the competences of building a relationship with the client – the owner of the animal and effective communication. The research was carried out in selected European countries by expert institutions in the field of adult education: KIKO Educational Solutions from Poland, Charakis Research & Consulting from Cyprus and Synolics from Greece.

The data show that in the vast majority of European countries, the number of students of veterinary medicine increases year by year. There is a clear tendency in all European Union countries, analogous to the increase in the number of veterinary surgeons and the feminization of the profession of veterinary surgeon. In Poland, among veterinary students, according to the data of the Central Statistical Office, as of today, almost 75% are women “- explains MVD Inga Kolomyjska, from KIKO Educational Solutions, an organization that is the COMVET Project Leader – “We have analyzed educational systems in the field of veterinary medicine studies in terms of teaching professional interpersonal communication skills between a veterinary doctor and a client – the owner of an animal.  Interesting data from the analysis you can find in the latest publication“. 

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