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When leaving veterinary school, newly graduated veterinarians must be fully prepared to enter the complex veterinary profession.
“For students to become competent veterinary professionals they need opportunities to train and develop in a supportive environment with a focus on graduate outcomes,” says Dr. Harold Bok, assistant professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “One of the major responsibilities of any veterinary school is developing training programmes that support students’ competency development from novice student to veterinary professional.”
On Friday, January 16th, Dr. Bok will share his insights into fostering competency development in undergraduate veterinary education.
Dr. Bok, chair of Quality Improvement in Veterinary Education at Utrecht University, will discuss competency-based education – an approach to preparing students for clinical practice oriented to outcome abilities and organised around competencies. Dr. Bock has studied the challenges of influence on students’ competency development, from both students’ and teachers’ perspectives, as well as through discussing research from other domains.
Dr. Bok studied veterinary medicine at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, graduating with honours in 2005. During his studies, and particularly when working as a teaching-assistant in veterinary anatomy, he developed his interest in teaching and education. After working in small animal clinical practice in 2006, he became a lecturer at the department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University.
Today, Dr. Bok is chair of the Quality Assessment Committee in Utrecht’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as well as project leader in several educational projects on workplace-based assessment and faculty development. In 2014, he attained his Senior University Teaching Qualification and completed the course “Educational Leadership” organized by the Centre of Excellence in University Teaching at Utrecht University. In 2014, he defended his PhD thesis entitled “Competency-based Veterinary Education: An integrative approach to learning and assessment in the clinical workplace”.