JOURNAL ARTICLE

Essential education in communication skills and cultural sensitivities for global public health in an evolving veterinary world

S M Kurtz, C L Adams
Revue Scientifique et Technique 2009, 28 (2): 635-47
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In the practise of veterinary medicine and global public health, communication skill is as critical as clinical reasoning and an extensive knowledge base. Effective communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity are essential across the board for interdisciplinary, international, and local veterinary medicine. This paper offers an evidence-based, three-part framework for developing and sustaining curricula that enhance communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity so that students are better prepared to practise veterinary medicine in an evolving world. These curricula may well also serve as a conduit for encouraging more veterinary graduates to choose global public health as a career path.

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