Stress in veterinary science students: A study at the University of Queensland

McLennan, M. W. and Sutton, R. H. (2005) Stress in veterinary science students: A study at the University of Queensland. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 32 2: 213-218. doi:10.3138/jvme.32.2.213

Author McLennan, M. W.
Sutton, R. H.
Title Stress in veterinary science students: A study at the University of Queensland
Journal name Journal of Veterinary Medical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0748-321X
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3138/jvme.32.2.213
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 213
End page 218
Total pages 6
Editor Donald Walsh
Place of publication USA
Publisher Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Language eng
Subject C1
300599 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract This paper reports on the results of a survey of selected University of Queensland (UQ) veterinary students aimed at elucidating factors causing stress during the five undergraduate years of the program. Students from each of the five years were asked to form six- or seven-member focus groups. Each focus group was then interviewed and their opinions sought on causes of ongoing stress and the ranking of those causes into predetermined categories. They were also asked to give their opinions on counseling services available within the university and what, if any, services they would like to see in place to help students with stress-related problems. Students in the first, third, and fourth years of the program rated academic issues as the most likely causes of ongoing stress, while students in the second and fifth years of the program ranked lifestyle and financial issues as more likely to cause ongoing stress. in most cases, students coped well with these causes of stress and tended not to use counseling services available to all UQ students. When faced with stressful issues, students looked to their classmates or family members for help and not to university counseling services. Students were also happy to approach staff members in the Veterinary School when faced with a problem. The authors nevertheless conclude that mechanisms set in place at the undergraduate level to help veterinary students cope with stress should particularly benefit those students when they become new graduates and are faced with the stresses of veterinary practice.
Keyword Veterinary Sciences
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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