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Assessment of the core competencies of veterinarians: implications for policy decisions in India.

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Summary of "Assessment of the core competencies of veterinarians: implications for policy decisions in India."

he objectives of this study were two-fold - to assess the technical competencies of veterinarians and their application, and to investigate veterinarians' activities and appropriate ways for them to acquire and enhance competencies. The studywas undertaken in three South Indian states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana. The survey data, collected in 2015-2016 from nine districts in the three states, came from in-depth questionnaires completed by 270 veterinary assistant surgeons (VASs). The key survey questions were related to: specific technical competencies and their application, appropriate ways to acquirethem, additional competencies needed and recommended activities to enhancethem. Each respondent's rating was obtained on a) how important are thesecompetencies and b) what is their current level of knowledge and/or skills toperform them? The findings revealed that the current level of knowledge and/orskills was inadequate in production, para-clinical and clinical areas in the day-todaywork of VASs. The findings suggested that pre-service, in-service and basic induction training, and attending national and international seminars, workshopsand Webinars, are appropriate ways to acquire competencies. Additional skillsperceived as necessary by respondents include: time and stress managementskills, motivational techniques, digital communication technologies, and writing and presentation skills. Specific policy interventions suggested and discussed include: adequate hands-on pre-service instruction in veterinary colleges and assessment of competencies before certification, introducing a veterinary licensing examination, reinforcing competencies through induction training,in-service or continuing veterinary education programmes, and improving theinstitutional mechanisms to assess competencies at regular intervals.

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Name: Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics)
ISSN: 0253-1933
Pages: 785-795

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