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Type: Journal article
Title: Training in animal handling for veterinary students at Charles Sturt University, Australia
Author: Austin, H.
Hyams, J.
Abbott, K.
Citation: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 2007; 34(5):566-576
Publisher: Purdue Univ Press
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0748-321X
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Heidi E. Austin, Jennifer H. Hyams, Kym A. Abbott
Abstract: Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, is responding to a national need for veterinarians with the skills and attributes to fulfill roles in rural practice and the large-animal industries. Rural practitioners must competently and confidently handle a range of large animals if they are to build a relationship of mutual trust with clients and deliver effective animal-health services. Training in animal handling begins in the first year of the course with highly structured small-group practical classes involving cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, pigs, poultry, and laboratory animals (rats and mice). Other experiences with animals in the first three years build on basic animal-handling skills while performing other veterinary activities. Students who provide documented evidence of prior animal-handling experiences are admitted, and learning and teaching strategies aim to enhance skills and knowledge. Rigorous examinations use a competency-based approach prior to extramural placements on farms and in veterinary practices. A continuing process of evaluation, review, and refinement will ensure continual improvement and graduate veterinarians with strong skills in animal handling.
Keywords: animal handling; competence; confidence
Rights: © 2007 AAVMC
RMID: 0020110025
DOI: 10.3138/jvme.34.5.566
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