Livestreaming can augment the observation of veterinary post-mortem examinations

Johnston, P. E.J. , Gray, A., Weir, W. , Wigham, E., Mercer, A., McGuigan, M. and Anderson, J. (2022) Livestreaming can augment the observation of veterinary post-mortem examinations. In: Varsou, O., Rea, P. M. and Welsh, M. (eds.) Biomedical Visualisation: Volume 14 ‒ COVID-19 Technology and Visualisation Adaptations for Biomedical Teaching. Series: Advances in experimental medicine and biology (1397). Springer: Cham, pp. 113-134. ISBN 9783031171345 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-17135-2_7)

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The creation of interactive livestreaming post-mortem examination sessions for veterinary students is described, including the technological and pedagogical issues that were considered and a detailed description of the solution developed. We used the Hero 7 Go Pro camera ( and livestreamed using Zoom ( We completed a thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis of the student perception of the value of the streaming platform and the sessions that were delivered to the second and third year students in the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) programme at the University of Glasgow. JISC Online surveys to BVMS2 and BVMS3 were central to the quantitative and qualitative analysis (MVLS Ethics reference 200,190,190). Students who responded to the survey found the material interesting, were able to interact effectively with the pathologists, enjoyed the “pathologists’ eye” view that the system afforded, and enjoyed the ability to review and revise the video recording. The disadvantage some mentioned was not being in the appropriate professional space, i.e. the post-mortem facility, although a few students found this advantageous and suggested that this was a useful introduction to the post-mortem facility but without the cold/smell/noise to detract from their learning. In addition, a short explanation of additional uses of the Zoom Go Pro to teach BVMS4 and Veterinary Bioscience BSc Level 3 students and use for extracurricular student activities, e.g. Pathology Club, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, is given. The authors also consider other roles for the platform in the future, in particular the induction of students to the post-mortem facility environment.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mercer, Mr Alistair and Wigham, Dr Ellie and Johnston, Dr Pamela and McGuigan, Mr Michael and Weir, Professor Willie and Gray, Mr Alexander
Authors: Johnston, P. E.J., Gray, A., Weir, W., Wigham, E., Mercer, A., McGuigan, M., and Anderson, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Advances in experimental medicine and biology
Published Online:17 December 2022

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