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Essential veterinary education: equipping students with an understanding of the need for research in global veterinary public health

Author(s) : E.P.J. Gibbs & T.C. Anderson

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Research is the foundation of health advancement; therefore, it is imperative that all health professionals are well versed in its importance during their formal training. Since veterinary education in most countries is now focused on preparing clinicians rather than public health practitioners or research scientists, educators should recognise the importance of research by emphasising the principles and key methodologies that are generic in the life sciences. This exposure will provide a baseline understanding for all students, may encourage some to complete research projects and research-focused externships during school, and will ultimately inspire others to pursue research training after graduation. All aspects of veterinary research would benefit from this approach, including veterinary public health. This paper discusses the essential understanding of research that should be gained through veterinary education, particularly within the evolving nature of veterinary public health education.
 
Keywords
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Master of Public Health – One Health – Public health – Research – Veterinary education.

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