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Attitudes of Australian and Turkish Students of Veterinary Medicine toward Nonhuman Animals and Their Careers

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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.

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary Science, University of QueenslandDepartment of History of Veterinary Medicine and Deontology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Selcuk UniversityKonyaAustraliaTurkey; 2: Department of History of Veterinary Medicine and Deontology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kafkas UniversityKarsTurkey; 3: Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary Science, University of


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