Utility of an equine clinical skills course: A pilot study

Bruce W Christensen, Jared A. Danielson

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Abstract

Recent publications have revealed inadequacies in the veterinary training of future equine practitioners. To help address this problem, a 2-week Equine Clinical Skills course was designed and implemented to provide fourthyear veterinary students with opportunities to have hands-on experience with common equine clinical skills using live animals and cadavers. Alumni and employers of alumni were surveyed to determine whether or not students participating in the course were more competent performing clinical skills during their first year post-graduation than those who had not participated in the course. Students who participated in the course were also surveyed before and after completing the course to determine whether or not their self-assessed skills improved during the course. Alumni who had taken the course rated their ability to perform the clinical skills more highly than alumni who had not taken the course. Similarly, students participating in the course indicated that they were significantly more able to perform the clinical skills after the course than when it began. Employers did not indicate a difference between the clinical skills of those who had taken the course and those who had not. Because this study involved a limited number of respondents from one institution, further studies should be conducted to replicate these findings and determine their generalizability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-419
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Equine clinical skills
  • Hands-on learning
  • Instruction with live animals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • veterinary(all)

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