Demographics and employment destinations of a new group of veterinary technologists in Australia

Clarke, Patricia M., Schull, Daniel N. and Coleman, Glen T. (2009) Demographics and employment destinations of a new group of veterinary technologists in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 36 2: 241-245. doi:10.3138/jvme.36.2.241

Author Clarke, Patricia M.
Schull, Daniel N.
Coleman, Glen T.
Title Demographics and employment destinations of a new group of veterinary technologists in Australia
Journal name Journal of Veterinary Medical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0748-321X
Publication date 2009-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3138/jvme.36.2.241
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 241
End page 245
Total pages 5
Place of publication Toronto, ON, Canada
Publisher University of Toronto Press: Journals Division
Language eng
Abstract This article provides a descriptive analysis of the demographics and employment destinations of the first three cohorts (2003–2005) of graduates (N¼69) from a program that is unique in Australia: the Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) at the University of Queensland. Data for this study were collected in February 2006 via e-mail, telephone, or personal communication with graduates, and from university records. Ninety-three percent (64/69) of the graduates were female. The mean age was 23 years, and 58% (40/69) had entered university directly from high school. Employment destinations were determined for 96% of the graduates (N¼66). Of those, 52% (34/66) were employed in veterinary practices. Government agencies and allied animal industries accounted for 15% (10/66). Another 14% (9/66) had enrolled in further undergraduate study. Three percent (2/66) had enrolled in a research honors year or a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree program at the School of Veterinary Science. Eight percent (5/66) were employed in wildlife parks, zoos, or universities, and the remaining 9% (6/66) were traveling overseas, seeking employment, or employed outside the field. The study revealed that graduates were employed in diverse veterinary and allied animal health occupations. There appears to be a niche for Australian veterinary technology graduates educated in a university environment that complements the role of the veterinary profession in the twenty-first century. This reflects trends emerging in other countries, most notably the United States and the United Kingdom.
Keyword Veterinary technologists
Employment destinations
Veterinary technology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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