Academics' experiences in veterinary educational research: results of an international survey

S Baillie, Julie Hunt, Mirja Ruohoniemi, Victoria Phillips, Megan Thompson, Waraporn Aumarm, Manuel Boller

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Research conducted by the veterinary education community is critical to continual improvement of educational outcomes. Additionally, research productivity is one metric in promotion and tenure decisions. We sought to identify challenges encountered or anticipated when undertaking or planning veterinary educational research (VER); to learn how these challenges might be overcome; and to synthesize tips for success from those who have performed VER. A branching survey was developed and deployed along the authors’ worldwide veterinary education contacts in a cascading manner. The survey collected quantitative and qualitative information from participants who had performed VER and those who planned to perform VER in the future. The 258 participants represented 41 countries. Of the participants, 204 had performed VER (79%), and 54 planned to in the future (21%). The median time spent teaching was 14 years, and median time performing VER was 5 years. The most commonly reported challenges in performing VER were the lack of funding and time, and difficulties encountered when undertaking a study including data collection, analysis and publishing. When asked about overcoming the challenges, a major theme emerged around people, who provided expertise and mentoring. The most commonly reported tip for success was collaboration; 73% of experienced researchers reported people as most helpful upon beginning VER. Collaborators provided diverse help with ideas, study design, statistics, and other aspects. These results suggest that institutions can offer support to academics in the form of small grants, protected research time, writing workshops, and mentorship to assist with the production of meaningful VER.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20210079
Pages (from-to)650-661
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Issue number5
Early online date3 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2022

Structured keywords

  • Veterinary Education Research Group


  • educational methods
  • outcomes
  • statistics/research methods
  • educational research
  • research funding
  • research publication
  • veterinary education


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