Nationally shared on-line curriculum resources for veterinary undergraduate learning and teaching in animal welfare and ethics

Lloyd, J., Johnson, J., Collins, T., Degeling, C., Fawcett, A., Fisher, A., Freire, R., Hazel, S., Hood, J., Philllips, C., Stafford, K., Tzioumis, V., and McGreevy, P. (2015) Nationally shared on-line curriculum resources for veterinary undergraduate learning and teaching in animal welfare and ethics. In: Abstracts from the HERDSA Qld Branch Mini-conference. From: HERDSA Qld Branch Mini-conference, 6 November 2015, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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This presentation describes the development of a new nationally shared curriculum for teaching animal welfare and ethics to undergraduate veterinary students via an on-line portal (entitled One Welfare). Public concern about animal welfare and ethics is growing world-wide, and the veterinary curricula should reflect this concern. Veterinarians are in a strong position to contribute practically and rhetorically to this area. However, veterinarians often have different levels of knowledge of animal welfare science and different capacities to reflect upon the ethical dimensions of their actions. To address this disparity, educators in the field of animal welfare and ethics were assembled from all eight veterinary schools in Australia and New Zealand to identify means to fulfil educational requirements in these domains. A process of modified ‘deliberative polling’ identified three core learning and teaching strategies to be the focus of the new online teaching resource. These strategies are: (1) interactive scenario-based learning using Xerte Online Toolkits, which offer an authentic learning experience and support active learning; (2) a quality of life assessment tool that incorporates an online calculator to combine welfare scales from various domains that capture an animal's quality of life; and (3) a dynamic platform to discuss ethical dilemmas entitled 'Chatterbox' – based on a virtual classroom known as the Human Continuum Tool. Veterinarians, like many other health professionals, are expected to use a systematic approach based on scientific evidence and professional reasoning to improve patient (and client) outcomes i.e. they are expected to work within an evidence-based practice (EBP) framework. Hence, the new curriculum incorporates EBP, drawn from sound animal welfare science and ethics research, in every aspect of the program to produce entry-level clinicians who are competent to practice evidence-based medicine in this area.

Item ID: 41223
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 02:09
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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