Learning and Teaching Veterinary Dermatology: Benefits of Experiential Learning in a Primary Care Charity Clinic Setting

Anderson, L. (2019) Learning and Teaching Veterinary Dermatology: Benefits of Experiential Learning in a Primary Care Charity Clinic Setting. 2019 Primary Care Veterinary Educators Symposium, Pullman, WA, USA, 12-15 Sep 2019.

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During the spiral curriculum of the University of Glasgow’s Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS) Programme, practical dermatology skills are taught during clinical skills training, in progressive complexity, throughout Pre-clinical and Clinical phases. In the final, Professional Phase, where students spend 10 months on practical rotations, with two weeks at the People’s Dispensary for sick Anstudent feedback requested increased exposure to Primary Care dermatology cases. Students already had exposure to dermatology cases in the referral setting, where students often felt limited to ‘observer’, and during Primary Care consultations, where time for discussion and investigation was frequently limited. In response to this student feedback, an additional dermatology clinic was introduced within the final year Primary care rotation, led and supervised by an RCVS Veterinary Dermatology Certificate holder. Dermatology clinic appointments were increased to one hour to allow students to perform minor investigative procedures where required. Students value the opportunity to consult, investigate, discuss, diagnose and manage a variety of dermatological presentations, gaining a sense of autonomy but still within a fully supportive experiential learning environment. Glasgow PDSA Pet Hospital staff also value having an additional resource to offer clients and their pets, and thus the dermatology clinic is also serving to strengthen the longstanding collaboration between the PDSA and the University.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Veterinary dermatology, experiential.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Ms Louise
Authors: Anderson, L.
Subjects:S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF600 Veterinary Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
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