|Abstract or Summary
- Veterinary medicine impacts everyone in the world to some degree and veterinary medicine is taught in some format in every country across the globe. However, veterinary education differs between countries due to the environmental and cultural variations. The purpose of this study was to investigate how veterinarians are trained in twelve developed countries with regard to: (1) the proportion of small and large animal medicine and surgery in the curriculum, (2) the use of online courses, (3) preparation for further post-graduate education, and (4) the percentage of public health in the veterinary curriculum. Online questionnaires were created and distributed via email to all the colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, selected English speaking countries outside the United States, and non-English speaking countries. Of those sent out, only 4 were received back with sufficient information from veterinary colleges within the United States, 4 from English speaking countries outside the United States, and 5 from non-English speaking countries. There were very little differences found between veterinary colleges in the United States, other English-speaking countries, and non-English-speaking countries. Veterinary colleges in English speaking countries outside the United States had a higher percentage of the curriculum dedicated to large animal medicine and surgery than veterinary colleges in the United States and non-English speaking countries. Veterinary colleges in the United States had a greater percentages of curriculum as electives compared to percentage of required curriculum in large animal medicine and surgery than other English speaking countries outside of the United States and non-English speaking countries (P=0.0304).