The countryside and agriculture have experienced many changes that influence the rural veterinarian’s job. In veterinary education, the students are introduced to food animal medicine under the guidance of their teachers who also formulate their conception of the rural veterinarian’s job. The objective of this discursive study was to describe the interaction between teachers and students of Finnish food animal medicine as well as to expose discourses arising from their interaction. Discourse analytically interprets written documents that are indicative of the study. Different discourses fundamental from the learning point of view were found. The reality encountered by the rural veterinarian was actively developed, but equally, pre-existing roles were assimilated without question. The description of the discussions also revealed discourses only manifested on special occasions. A new experimental study of the interaction and professional identity in a veterinary teaching context would still be needed in the future.
|Keywords:||Constructing, Food Animal, Interaction, Learning, Veterinarian|
Veterinarian Specializing in Infectious Diseases in Animals, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland