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Attitudes of Australian and Turkish students of veterinary medicine toward nonhuman animals and their careers

By S. Izmirli, A. Yigit, C. J. C. Phillips

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We examined attitudes toward nonhuman animal welfare and rights and career aspirations in Australian and Turkish veterinary students. A representative university was selected in each country, with 190 first- and third-year students sampled in each. Survey questions addressed attitudes toward nonhuman animal welfare/rights, and intended career. Australian and Turkish students were predominately female and male, respectively, but attitudes were similar between sexes. Australian students rated keeping companion animals and hormonal desexing more acceptable, and food and rest deprivation, pain during slaughter, and using animals in experiments less acceptable than Turkish students. Keeping companion animals related strongly with students' moral values, their decision to study veterinary medicine, and program satisfaction. More Australian than Turkish students wanted to enter clinical practice. Thus veterinary students of these two culturally contrasting countries demonstrated both differences and universalities, such as companion animal keeping, which influenced their attitudes toward animals and career aspirations.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 22
Issue 6
Pages 580-601
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
Publisher Brill
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341352
Language English
Author Address Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Queensland,
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  1. Animal experimentation
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Anthropology
  5. APEC countries
  6. Asia
  7. Attitudes
  8. Australasia
  9. Australia
  10. Care
  11. Career
  12. Commonwealth of Nations
  13. Countries
  14. Culture
  15. Developed countries
  16. Developing countries
  17. Domestic animals
  18. Employees
  19. Humans
  20. Livestock
  21. Mammals
  22. Mediterranean region
  23. Men
  24. Oceania
  25. OECD countries
  26. opinions
  27. peer-reviewed
  28. Pets and companion animals
  29. Primates
  30. Social psychology and social anthropology
  31. students
  32. surveys
  33. training
  34. Turkey
  35. Universities and Colleges
  36. vertebrates
  37. Veterinary education
  38. Veterinary medicine
  1. peer-reviewed