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dc.contributor.authorWaldeck, Ariel Nicole
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-26T05:30:36Z
dc.date.available2016-01-26T05:30:36Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.otherwaldeck_ariel_n_201505_mal
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/waldeck_ariel_n_201505_mal
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/33937
dc.description.abstractVeterinary students are taught technical skills, but less emphasis is placed on soft skills (communication, leadership, teamwork, etc.) in veterinary school. This study evaluated first and fourth year veterinary students’ self-perceived importance and competence in communication, leadership and critical thinking skills. All first and fourth year veterinary students at the University of Georgia were contacted via email to participate in the survey. The researcher developed the communication and leadership constructs and used the EMI: Critical Thinking Disposition Assessment (Irani, et al., 2007). Responses were analyzed in SPSS and mean weighted discrepancy scores (MWDS) were calculated in Excel. Based on MWDS, first and fourth year students agreed their highest needs were communicating with owners, controlling their anxiety in stressful situations while maintaining their composure and focus, and being able to explain things in a clear and precise manner. Veterinary students should have a required communication course to improve these soft skills.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectVeterinary student
dc.subjectVeterinary students
dc.subjectVet students
dc.subjectVeterinarian
dc.subjectVet
dc.subjectCollege of veterinary medicine
dc.subjectVeterinary school
dc.subjectVet school
dc.subjectCommunication importance
dc.subjectLeadership importance
dc.subjectCritical thinking importance
dc.subjectCommunication competence
dc.subjectLeadership competence
dc.subjectCritical thinking competence
dc.subjectCommunication
dc.subjectLeadership
dc.subjectCritical thinking
dc.subjectSelf-perception
dc.subjectSelf-efficacy
dc.subjectSoft skills
dc.titleSelf-perception of communication, leadership and critical thinking skills of first and fourth year veterinary students
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMAL
dc.description.departmentAgricultural Leadership, Education and Comm
dc.description.majorAgricultural Leadership
dc.description.advisorDennis Duncan
dc.description.committeeDennis Duncan
dc.description.committeeRoger Ryles
dc.description.committeeNick Fuhrman


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