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A Descriptive Study of Rural Community Veterinary Practice in Ontario, Canada

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Title: A Descriptive Study of Rural Community Veterinary Practice in Ontario, Canada
Author: Eccles, Heidi
Department: Department of Population Medicine
Program: Population Medicine
Advisor: Terri, O'Sullivan
Abstract: Veterinary licencing data from 2017, along with human and animal population data was used to describe rural community veterinary practice (RCP) in Ontario, Canada. There were 4545 licenced veterinarians and 1579 accredited practices. Practice type where employed and veterinarian graduation year were associated with being a rural community veterinary practitioner (RCVP). Classification as an RCP was associated with human and animal population, number of veterinary practices in the region, and number of practitioners per practice. Focus group methodology was used to explore the perceptions of veterinary students, faculty, and veterinarians regarding the definition of RCPs and RCVPs in Ontario and the curriculum at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Thematic analysis revealed themes related to the definition of RCVPs, RCPs, entry-level clinical skill requirements, and OVC curriculum recommendations. This thesis contributes to the understanding of RCP in Ontario and presents curriculum considerations for the OVC with the RCVP in mind.
Date: 2018-04
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