The University of Adelaide, has launched a three-week veterinary entrepreneurship and business elective incorporating the Onswitch Business Programme (VEBE-OBP) for 2019/2020 academic years.
In 2020, the programme will be available in its Australian version as VEBE-OBP (Aus), and also in June as an overseas study tour. VEBE-OBP (UK) will incorporate the Cx Congress in Nottingham and the SCIVAC Congress in Cremona, as well as providing UK-based training content and support.
Onswitch first established links with The University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Science several years ago with the launch of the company’s customer experience training tool, ‘Footsteps – the board game’.
The Grantham office has since hosted two intakes of Adelaide students into the company’s rolling Business Extra Mural Studies (BEMS) programme offered to UK veterinary students, with plans for a study group of ten to twelve Australian students in 2020.
Dr Adele Feakes, senior lecturer in veterinary practice management at The University of Adelaide, said: “I have worked with Onswitch for several years now and have seen the enormous benefits my students have received from spending time exploring the commercial side of veterinary practice – a crucial area.”
“With this new programme we are able to offer more of our University of Adelaide veterinary science students exposure to this key aspect of practice life. Onswitch has very generously committed to provide a travel bursary of $150 too, which will help students visit practices in other parts of Australia, such as Sydney and the Gold Coast. We are all really looking forward to getting started.”
Sophie Dainty, operations director of Onswitch, added: “In the current climate of recruitment challenges for the veterinary sector, matching the vets of tomorrow with potential employers and giving both sides a chance to try each other out offers a genuine win-win.
“We are really pleased to be able to help facilitate this valuable learning and networking opportunity, both in Australia through the new VEBE-OBP programme, and here in the UK via our own popular BEMS programme with the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.”