Exploring entrepreneurship education within veterinary medicine: can it be taught?

C Henry, Lorna Treanor

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    Purpose – This paper aims to explore business and, more specifically, entrepreneurship educationwithin veterinary medicine and discuss the perceptions of veterinary students and veterinaryemployers in relation to its teaching within veterinary medicine. Some challenges for veterinarybusiness and entrepreneurship educators are highlighted.Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on a small exploratory pilot study, which includedstudent focus groups and an employer survey, the paper highlights the differences between employers’and students’ perceptions of the value of business-related education. Students’ preferred programmecontent and expected pedagogical approaches are also discussed.Findings – The paper finds that veterinary students do not place the same value on entrepreneurshipand business-related education as employers, not perceiving it as a “priority” within their veterinarystudies. This poses a number of challenges for educators in terms of: seeking to integrateentrepreneurship and business-related topics within an already crowded programme of study,determining relevant content and delivery methods, and designing appropriate assessment methods.Research limitations/implications – The paper explores a relatively new concept (i.e. businessand entrepreneurship) within veterinary education and, as such, the authors fully recognise thatfurther empirical research – beyond this exploratory study – is needed.Originality/value – The paper highlights the discrepancy between veterinary employers’ andveterinary students’ perception of the overall value of business and entrepreneurship education.Findings relating to students’ expectations of programme content and their preferred pedagogicalapproaches should be of value to educators in helping them to reshape their current offerings or, at thevery least, manage students’ expectations.Keywords Business and entrepreneurship education, Veterinary medicine, Pedagogy, Teaching,Learning, EntrepreneurialismPaper type Research paper
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages484-499
    JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
    Volume19
    Issue number3
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    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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(2006), “Teaching pigeons to dance: sense and meaning in entrepreneurship education”, EducationþTraining, Vol. 48 No. 5, pp. 296-308. Hannon, P. (2007), “Enterprise for all? The fragility of enterprise provision across England’s HEIs”, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 183-210. Henry, C. and Treanor, L. (2010), “Entrepreneurship education and veterinary medicine: enhancing employable skills”, Journal of Education & Training, Vol. 52 Nos 8/9, pp. 607-23. Henry, C., Baillie, S. and Treanor, L. (2010), “Encouraging women’s entrepreneurship in the sciences: women in veterinary medicine”, in Wynarczyk, P. and Marlow, S. (Eds), Innovating Women: Contributions to Technological Advancement, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley. Henry, C., Hill, F. and Leitch, C. (2003), Entrepreneurship Education and Training, Ashgate, Aldershot. Henry, C., Hill, F. and Leitch, C. (2005), “Entrepreneurship education and training: can entrepreneurship be taught? Part I”, EducationþTraining, Vol. 47 No. 2, pp. 98-111. Higher Education Academy (2005), “Embedding employability in the curriculum: enhancing students’ career planning skills”, available at: www.heacademy.ac.uk (accessed 10 May 2010). Higher Education Academy (2012), “Entrepreneurship education: exploring the gender dimension”, available at: www.heacademy.ac.uk (accessed 10 February 2012). Hynes, B. and Richardson, I. (2007), “Creating an entrepreneurial mindset: getting the process right for information and communication technology students”, in Lowry, G. (Ed.), Information Systems and Technology Education: From the University to the Workplace, IGI Global, Hershey, PA, chapter VI. Jack, S.L. and Anderson, A.R. (1998), “Entrepreneurship education within the condition of entreprenology”, Proceedings of the Conference on Enterprise and Learning, Aberdeen. Kantor, J. (1988), “Can entrepreneurship be taught? A Canadian experiment”, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 12-19. Kieves, N.R., Roarke, A.W. and Sparks, T.K. (2007), “Business education in veterinary schools: the potential role of the veterinary business management association”, Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 678-82. Kuratko, D. (2005), “The emergence of entrepreneurship education: development, trends and challenges”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, September, pp. 577-97. Lambert Report (2003), “Lambert review of business-university collaboration: final report”, 4 December, HM Treasury, available at: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/lambert_review_ business_university_collab.htm Laukkanen, M. (2000), “Exploring alternative approaches in high-level entrepreneurship education: creating micromechanisms for endogenous regional growth”, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 25-47. Lowe, P. (2009), Unlocking Potential – A Report on Veterinary Expertise in Food Animal Production, Department for Environment and Food Rural Affairs, London. Maguire, S. and Guyer, C. (2004), “Preparing geography, earth and environmental science students for employment in the enterprise culture”, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Vol. 28, pp. 369-79. Exploring entrepreneurship education 497 Mangan, K.S. (2004), “Entrepreneurs in every department”, Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. 50, pp. A10-A11. Matlay, H. and Carey, C. (2007), “Entrepreneurship education in the UK: a longitudinal perspective”, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 252-63. Miller, A. (1987), “New ventures: a fresh emphasis on entrepreneurship education”, Survey of Business, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 4-9. Morgan, D.L. (1998), Planning Focus Groups, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. National Science Learning Centre (2008), “Developing excellence”, July, available at: www. sciencelearningcentres.org.uk Neck, H.M. and Greene, P.G. (2011), “Entrepreneurship education: known worlds and new frontiers”, Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 49 No. 10, pp. 55-70. Packham, G., Jones, P., Miller, C., Pickernell, D. and Thomas, B. (2010), “Attitudes towards entrepreneurship education: a comparative analysis”, EducationþTraining, Vol. 52 Nos 8/9, pp. 568-86. Padilla, P.M., White, J.F., Bovee, C., McQueen, M.E., Tufts, M., Starnes, T., Reeves, C., Bang, J. and Jones, J. (2011), “An innovative, interdisciplinary healthcare entrepreneurship and innovation program for medical students”, USASBE 2011 Proceedings, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Nashville, TN, pp. 48-60. Papayannakisa, L., Kastellia, L., Damigosb, D. and Mavrotasa, G. (2008), “Fostering entrepreneurship education in engineering curricula in Greece. Experience and challenges for a technical university”, European Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 199-210. Pittaway, L. and Cope, J. (2007), “Entrepreneurship education: a systematic review of the evidence”, International Small Business Journal, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 479-510. Price, A. (2010), “Supporting entrepreneurship education – or how to underpin the very messy”, Enterprising Matters, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, London, Winter. Quality Assurance Agency (2002), “Veterinary science – subject benchmark statements”, Quality Assurance for Higher Education, Gloucester. Rosa, P. and Dawson, A. (2006), “Gender and the commercialization of university science: academic founders of spinout companies”, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, July, pp. 341-66. Saee, J. (1996), “A critical evaluation of Australian entrepreneurship education and training”, Proceedings of the Internationalising Entrepreneurship Education and Training Conference, Arnhem, June. Sager, B., Fernandez, M.G. and Thursby, M. (2006), “Implications of a multi-disciplinary educational and research environment: perspectives of future business, law, science, and engineering professionals in the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GERw) Program”, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 57-69. Science and Learning Expert Group (2010), “Science and Learning Expert Group Report – science and maths secondary education for the 21st century”, February, available at: www.bis.org. uk Shepherd, D.A. and Douglas, E.J. (1996), “Is management education developing or killing the entrepreneurial spirit?”, Proceedings of the Internationalising Entrepreneurship Education and Training Conference, Arnhem, June. JSBED 19,3 498 Solomon, G.T., Duffy, S. and Tarabishy, A. (2002), “The state of entrepreneurship education in the United States: a nationwide survey and analysis”, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 65-86. van der Heijden, B., Brinkman, I.J.M., Joost, G. and During, W.E. (2009), “Careers of entrepreneurial engineers: an empirical study in knowledge-intensive firms in The Netherlands”, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 14 No. 3, p. 49. Vesper, K.H. (1982), “Research on education for entrepreneurship”, in Kent, C.A., Sexton, D.L. and Vesper, K.H. (Eds), Encyclopaedia of Entrepreneurship, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, pp. 321-43. Westhead, P. and Matlay, H. (2006), “Skills associated with employment positions in SMEs and favourable attitudes toward self-employment: longitudinal evidence from students who participated in the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme”, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 93-124.

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