Research in veterinary education is a rapidly growing field at Bristol’s Veterinary School. This group aims to promote evidence-based teaching and assessment methods within a nurturing and supportive environment.
A series of clinical skills instruction booklets has been developed by the Clinical Skills Lab team (staff and recent graduates) and are now available freely on the School’s website under a Creative Commons License from the University of Bristol.
The group collaborates with external veterinary educators nationally and internationally, and shares ideas and resources with other universities. This improves the experience of all vet students, preparing new graduates for their professional lives.
Veterinary education research is comprised of the following areas:
- Educational methods in veterinary science
- Clinical skills and simulation
- Student mentoring
- Continuing education
Some of the group’s intrests and achievements include:
- The opening of the Clinical Skills Lab in 2012 and progressive development of models and simulators for students to practise clinical procedures in a relaxed and friendly setting.
- The implementation of a new integrated curriculum for the BVSc programme progressively building from the structure and function of healthy animals, to the mechanisms of disease and their clinical management.
- A stakeholder consultation on tracking in veterinary curricula.
- Developing resources to support the new veterinary curriculum such as a series of case based learning sessions designed to help students integrate different aspects of the course.
- Computer based and online education, in particular the development of the virtual learning environment and further eLearning resources.
- Teaching with the Haptic Cow and Haptic Horse allowing students to carry out virtual examinations using touch-feedback that mimics bovine and equine anatomy.
- Aspects of workplace-based learning including methods for supporting clinical staff in their development as teachers and the role of feedback in the workplace.
- Staff development through a Langford teaching and learning series.
- Other projects including the impact of cognitive load on clinical teachers and teachers’ experiences of the “flipped classroom”, inter-professional skills and communication.
Dr Sheena Warman
Reader in Veterinary Education
Other Vet School researchers working in this area
- Evaluation of a silicon skin pad and a tea towel for learning a simple interrupted suture
- Flipped Classroom Use in Veterinary Education: A multinational survey of faculty experiences
- Development and Evaluation of vetPAL, a Student-led Peer-Assisted Learning Program
- Stakeholder Consultation on Tracking in UK Veterinary Degrees: Part 1.. / Crowther, Emma; Hughes, Kirsty; Handel, Ian; Whittington, Rachel; Pryce, Morwenna; Warman, Sheena M; Rhind, Susan M; Baillie, S.
- Stakeholder Consultation on Tracking in UK Veterinary Degrees: Part 2.. / Crowther, Emma; Hughes, Kirsty; Handel, Ian G; Whittington, Rachel; Pryce, Morwenna; Warman, Sheena M; Rhind, Susan M; Baillie, S.