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|Title:||Training in animal handling for veterinary students at Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|Citation:||Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 2007; 34(5):566-576|
|Publisher:||Purdue Univ Press|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Animal and Veterinary Sciences publications|
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