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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2014

Authors: Steiner, K; Henning, J; Kluth, J; Drillich, M

Title: Wie suchen und beurteilen Studierende der Veterinärmedizin Informationen im Internet? – Ergebnisse zweier Umfragen.

Other title: How do students of veterinary medicine search and evaluate information on the internet - Results of two surveys

Source: Wien Tierarztl Monat (101), 7-8 149-159.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Drillich Marc

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Ruminants, Clinical Unit of Herd Management in ruminants

Introduction Within the past decade the internet became an integral part of our today's life, in private life, business as well as in education. Veterinarians and veterinary students use the Internet for communication, research, knowledge transfer, networking and organization. The objective of the present study was to obtain information how students access the internet, in which fields they request improvements, as well as their attitude towards the quality of information that can be found in the internet. Materials and Methods Two surveys were distributed and completed anonymously by the participants. One survey was published 2011 online on a German webpage and the other one was distributed 2013 to students of the Vetmeduni Vienna online as well as personally. In the survey, the students were asked about topics like how they are using the internet, for which purposes related to veterinary medicine they are using it, and how critical they are about information that are published online. Results The majority of 193 students participating in the survey access the internet regularly via laptop (84.7%) or smart phone (41.1%). One of the most important aspects for the students in using the internet for purposes related to veterinary medicine is the communication with other students (64.0% answered,frequently') and information regarding lectures and courses (63.8%). Approximately half of the students (47.5%) agreed with the statement that they would not be able to finish university with no access to the internet, or would need longer to finish (42.9%). The students are missing e-learning tools like Apps, and specific forums for veterinarians. They are critically appraising the quality of published information in the internet, most of the students agreeing with the statement that references and provided literature of information improves the credibility of online publications (82.1%). Conclusion The internet plays an important role in veterinary education but there are also missing tools which could support the students. The study should help to improve the internet based knowledge transfer and veterinary education.


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