A New Educational Resource to Improve Veterinary Students' Animal Welfare Learning Experience

Anne-Marie J Kerr, Siobhan M. Mullan, David C. J. Main

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Abstract

A computer-aided learning (CAL) educational resource based on experiential learning principles has been developed. Its aim is to improve veterinary students' ability to critically review the effect on welfare of husbandry systems observed during their work placement on sheep farms. The CAL consisted of lectures, multiple-choice questions, video recordings of animals in various husbandry conditions, open questions, and concept maps. An intervention group of first-year veterinary students (N=31) was selected randomly to access the CAL before their sheep farm placement, and a control group (N=50) received CAL training after placement. Assessment criteria for the categories remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create, based on Bloom's revised taxonomy, were used to evaluate farm reports submitted by all students after their 2-week placement. Students in the intervention group were more likely than their untrained colleagues (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-348
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2013

Keywords

  • animal welfare
  • veterinary education
  • extramural experience
  • MEDICAL-EDUCATION
  • PRINCIPLES
  • TEACHER
  • QUALITY

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