Vibeke Fosse – University of Copenhagen

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Making veterinary clinics ready for the future

Vibeke Fosse, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (B.Vet.Med.) from University of London, 2003

Veterinarian at AniCura Animal Hospital Bergen South
Vibeke is enrolled at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science, this case was written just after Vibeke finished her third obligatory module.

Changing work procedures

Initially Vibeke’s boss suggested the Master programme to Vibeke because the animal hospital where Vibeke works needs veterinarians with more specialist skills, for instance in oncology:” From my management’s point of view, oncology cases are increasing in the veterinary practice – more owners are willing to pay for the treatment of these animals and therefore skills are required in this area. I personally find oncology interesting because it combines soft tissue surgery with diagnostic imaging, clinical pathology and internal medicine and it is challenging to deal with patients in difficult times.”

Vibeke is now enrolled at the compulsory modules at the Master programme and plans to participate in the oncology specialisation. Vibeke has already obtained knowledge to implement in her daily work routine, for instance: “The problem oriented medical records that was introduced in the internal medicine course helps me deal with difficult patients and I now have a greater focus on evidence-based practices”.

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It is a good programme for anyone wishing to improve their approach to their patients.

Vibeke Fosse, AniCura Animal Hospital

Vibeke also tries to pass forward her new knowledge to her colleagues at the hospital: “After participating in the programme I have been an active advocate of problem oriented medical records at my practice. I will try to introduce this to my colleagues so we can use it further. It helps with communication between everyone in the practice.”

There is still time for work and family

Vibeke finds that the time she spends on the programme is carefully organized, so it does not interfere too much with her daily life: “I feel the programme is suitable for people who work. There is not that much time away from the practice. Two weeks a year is durable. It is the same with the examination where we have a fair amount of time for preparation. What appeals to me mostly is that is very structured, you are guided through what you have to do. This is appealing when you have a busy life. ”

Vibeke also looks forward to the classes: “I enjoy it every time. It is a nice environment to learn in. It also has a lot to do with the other students and how we work together and there are always social events. We even have a Facebook group, where we post things.”

Academic programme related to the veterinarian practice

Vibeke believes the Master programme has a high academic standard: ”It is a very good programme, the lecturers have a high professional level and it is a great hospital. It is also brilliant that we have external lecturers, like in the internal medicine and the surgery course. They bring a perspective from outside Scandinavia, sometimes introducing more advanced procedures that traditionally haven’t been used in Scandinavia”  

But as Vibeke stresses, the Master is not only an academic programme. It closely links academia with practical use: “My experience overall is good, it gives you helpful tools in day to day life in your practice. It is not just an academic programme, it is related to practice. It is especially a good programme for anyone wishing to improve their approach to their patients. It is not just knowledge and skills but also how you do a better job, it is to improve the diagnostic process, to prevent you from making mistakes and jump to conclusions.”

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I mean it is not just knowledge and skills but also how you do a better job, it is to improve the diagnostic process, to prevent you from making mistakes and jump to conclusions

Vibeke Fosse, AniCura Animal Hospital

When asked how this is done in the classroom Vibeke explains: “First the concept is introduced. Then we have to link it with our own cases, and make presentations and protocols using the concept. This way we learn how to incorporate it in everyday life in our practice”.