The Master’s programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine aims to prepare students as optimally as possible for their future profession. The education provided during this phase is mainly composed of clinical postgraduate medical training. This training is organised in a clinical setting where students can gradually perform tasks relevant to the profession under the supervision of lecturers. Doctoral Candidate Harold Bok has studied the relationship between teaching and evaluating students in this clinical workplace. More insight into this relationship may contribute to the optimisation of veterinary education.
In order to ensure a smooth transition from the veterinary study programme and professional practice, it is vital that the faculty has a better understanding of the skills and knowledge required of recent veterinary graduates at the moment they start their professional practice. Bok’s research has resulted in a competency profile for the veterinary professional. The competency domains described in this profile will in turn serve as the guiding principles for the Veterinary Medicine Master’s programme.
In a competency-oriented study programme, it is vital that the student’s learning ability receives the optimal support. Moreover, sufficient relevant information must be collected in order to come to a reliable and valid assessment of the student’s competency development. Bok has studied the implementation of a theoretical educational model that aims to serve both goals. In such a programme, the quality of the feedback given and received plays a crucial role. The study showed that a number of aspects can influence the quality of this feedback, and these aspects are described in greater detail in the various studies.