Title: Covid virtual veterinary rotations; staying apart, thinking and working together
Presenter(s): Allan Gunn, Michelle Eastwood, Jane Heller, Lauren Said, Christopher Petzel & Victoria Brookes
School of Animal & Veterinary Science, Faculty of Science
Session Type: Quick Talk
When: Thursday 19th November 2020, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm
Abstract: The first COVID-19 shutdown allowed three weeks to alter clinical veterinary workplace learning (WPL) delivery, which included production-animal internal and external rotations. Virtual experiences were the only alternative. The challenge for academics was to deliver virtual WPL that satisfied veterinary course accreditation requirements. Tutorials, active and reflective assessments, and most importantly practitioner-based, real-time cases were used as replacement activities. Cases were posted on I2 discussion boards, and students engaged in these cases as if they were with the attending clinician. The aim was to encourage broad clinical thinking and evidence-based approaches to real-time clinical scenarios to be explored by the students, assisted by practitioners, and academics. To maintain real world experiences, outcomes were presented in real-time to maintain engagement. All ideas and solutions were developed by SAVS academics, and ratified by accreditation authorities, resulting in graduation of final year students, and the progression of undergraduates into their chosen profession.