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Monday, May 23 • 13:30 - 14:30
Expected work conditions - You want me to do what?

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A mismatch of expectations to the reality of professional life can be a cause of stress. Current entrants into the veterinary profession do so in a climate of rising student debt, lengthened veterinary programs, possible oversupply of graduates for some sectors and feminisation of the veterinary profession. Veterinary students’ expectations of work after graduation are important for a number of reasons including the weighing of work-life balance against remuneration level, work satisfaction and making career path or exit choices.   We report on work expectations of veterinary students of five Australian veterinary programs between the years 2011 to 2014. The relationship of gender and other influences on expectations for work after graduation will be described. Data will be presented as to where the veterinary students expect to work, the hours and ‘on call’ requirements expected, length of time expected in their first position and why they would move, and their knowledge of veterinary remuneration levels

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Adele Feakes

Senior Lecturer in Business & Practice Management, The University of Adelaide
I started in emergency practice and continued for 24 years as a rural practice owner. My teaching and research interests are business and entrepreneurial capabilities for veterinary science students and also PNG women in agriculture.

Monday May 23, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre