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Veterinary Clinical Skills Manual


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Suitable for students of veterinary science and nursing.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction 1: Developing Veterinary Clinical Skills: The Pedagogy 2: The Modern Outcome-based Curriculum and the Role of the Clinical Skills Laboratory 3: The Clinical Skills Centre Models Relevant to Location Section 2: Surgical Theatre Skills 4: Theatre Practice 5: Surgical Instruments 6: The Fundamentals of Suturing Section 3: Anaesthesia 7: The Anaesthetic Machine 8: Breathing Systems, Intubation and Monitoring Section 4: Principles of Good Practice in the Laboratory 9: Laboratory Skills and Sample Collection 10: Using a Microscope and Preparing Samples 11: Urine and Faecal Analysis Section 5: General Clinical Skills 12: Physical Examination, Fluid Therapy, Tube and Drain Management 13: Principles of Small Animal Bandaging 14: Pharmacy Section 6: Patient Handling and Diagnostics 15: General Principles of Animal Handling 16: Diagnostic Imaging 17: Equine Radiography - Example Tarsus Section 7: Large Animal Skills 18: Udder Health 19: Equine Procedures 20: Equine Foot Related Skills: Example Shoe Removal Section 8: Assessment of Clinical Skills 21: Practical Assessments - Assessments in a Simulated Environment 22: Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations - the Practicalities Section 9: Moving Forward 23: 'Mind the Gap' - the Development, Validation and Evaluation of a Veterinary Clinical Skills Model 24: Simulators in Veterinary Clinical Skills Education: Background and Examples 25: The Transition between the Clinical Skills Lab and the Real World - Perspectives from a New Graduate 2 Years After Qualifying

About the Author

Nichola Coombes (Edited By) Nichola is the Manager of the Clinical Skills Centre at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. Initially trained as a veterinary nurse, Nichola later gained an MSc in Veterinary Education to advance scholarship in teaching and learning. In her current role, Nichola teaches and assesses clinical skills for veterinary nurses, undergraduate veterinary students and postgraduate students. Nichola's research is based on facilitation and acquisition of veterinary practical and clinical skills. Nichola has been awarded James Bee Educator Award in 2004/05 and again in 2009 -10 for her contributions to teaching. More details can be found at http://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/nicki-coombes#tab-teaching. Ayona Silva-Fletcher (Edited By) Ayona is the Course director for the MSc in Veterinary Education at the Royal Veterinary College, UK and has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in the UK Higher education. Initially trained as a veterinarian and with a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition, Ayona did a formal qualification in education and graduated with an MA in Medical Education in 2010. Ayona's research profile now includes veterinary faculty development, distance education and elephant nutrition. In 2012, Ayona was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in the UK for her contributions to veterinary education. More details can be found at http://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/ayona-silva-fletcher

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