Veterinary Clinical Skills

By Emma K. Read, Matt R. Read, Sarah Baillie

Veterinary Clinical Skills PDF provides practical guidance on learning, teaching, and assessing essential clinical skills, techniques, and procedures in both educational and workplace environments. Thorough yet concise, this evidence-based resource features sample assessments, simple models for use in teaching, and numerous examples demonstrating the real-world application of key principles and evidence-based approaches.

Organized into nine chapters, the text explains what constitutes a clinical skill, explains the core clinical skills in veterinary education and how these skills are taught and practiced, describes assessment methods and preparation strategies, and more. Contributions from expert authors emphasize best practices while providing insights into the clinical skills that are needed to succeed in veterinary practice. Presenting well-defined guidelines for the best way to acquire and assess veterinary skills, this much-needed resource:

  • Describes how to design and implement a clinical skills curriculum
  • Identifies a range of skills vital to successful clinical practice
  • Provides advice on how to use peer teaching and other available resources
  • Covers veterinary OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) topics, including gowning and gloving, canine physical examination, and anesthetic machine setup and leak testing
  • Includes sample models for endotracheal intubation, dental scaling, silicone skin suturing, surgical prep, and others

Emphasizing the importance of clinical skills in both veterinary curricula and in practice, Veterinary Clinical Skills is a valuable reference and guide for veterinary school and continuing education instructors and learners of all experience levels.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is a clinical skill?

Emma Read and Sarah Baillie

Chapter 2 Clinical skills curricula: How are they determined, designed and implemented?

Jennifer Hodgson, Elrien Scheepers, Sarah Baillie

Chapter 3 How are clinical skills taught?

Sarah Baillie, Matt Read and Emma Read

Chapter 4 How are clinical skills practiced?

Emma Read and Robin Farrell

Chapter 5 How do I know if I’m learning what I need to?

Sheena Warman and Emma Read

Chapter 6 How do I prepare for assessment and how do I know I am being assessed fairly?

Kate Cobb and Sarah Cripps

Chapter 7 How can I learn best in a simulated environment?

Julie Hunt, Stacy Anderson, Jennifer Johnson

Chapter 8 How do I make use of peer teaching?

Lucy Squire and Marc Dilly

Chapter 9 What other skills are vital to successful clinical practice?

Elizabeth Armitage-Chan and Susan Matthew

Appendix 1: OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations)

Making a cheese and pickle sandwich

Sarah Baillie, Rachel Harris, Emma Read

Gowning and gloving

Tatiana Motta, Emma Read

Draping a small animal patient

Tatiana Motta

Bovine surgical anatomy

Jennifer Schleining

Canine physical examination

Steve Horvath, Missy Matusicky

Surgical towel placement

Abi Taylor

Pedicle ligature

Abi Taylor

Equine handling and restraint

Teresa Burns, Emma Read

Intramuscular injection in a canine model

Julie Hunt

Anesthetic machine set up and leak testing

Matt Read, Carolina Ricco-Pereira

Appendix 2: Model Recipes – Simple models you can make yourself

Canine castration model

Lindsey Ramirez, Megan Preston, Julie Hunt

Dental scaling model

Rachel Harris, Andrew Gardiner, Rachel Lumbis

Endotracheal intubation model

Maire O’Reilly

Equine abdominocentesis model

Catherine May, Catherine Werners, Keshia John, Sarah Baillie, Emma Read

Canine leg with cephalic vein model

Lissann Wolfe

Silicone skin suturing model

Marc Dilly

SimSpay model

Rikke Langebaek

Surgical prep model

Jean-Yin Tan and Alfredo Romero

Tea towel suturing model

Alison Catterall

Index

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