JCU team wins the Australian Veterinary Association Excellence in Teaching Award
Pictured: JCU's Professor Bruce Gummow and Dr Adele Feakes, Chairperson of the Veterinarians in Education Research and Academia (VERA) interest group within the Australian Veterinary Association.
Congratulations to Professor Bruce Gummow, Associate Professor Ellen Ariel, Dr Leo Foyle and Dr Glenn Kenneally for winning the 2016 AVA VERA (Veterinarians in Education, Research and Academia) award!
The award was presented to Professor Gummow, as team representative, at the annual AVA Conference at the Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 24, 2016.
The national award is in recognition of their innovative teaching of population based para-clinical subjects (Epidemiology, State Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Public Health) to 5th year veterinary science students in an applied, application-focused, blended-learning mode.
This greatly enhanced the student experience and increased student engagement and understanding for the application of para-clinical knowledge and skills in veterinary practice.
Final year veterinary para-clinical training through composite blended learning
Brief Summary of presentation:
Using composite blended learning to motivate and inspire final year veterinary students to adopt population based para-clinical training in their professional opinion
By applying training at the optimal time (5th year) within the veterinary curriculum and by integrating what students liked and identified with (i.e. clinical skills and client contact) with other aspects of veterinary training (para-clinical) in an innovative and inclusive manner it was possible to influence, motivate and inspire students to see the relevance of population based para-clinical subjects (Epidemiology, State Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Public Health) and their application to them as veterinarians in practice. By structuring the rotation in a manner that builds on previous experiences, a dimension of guided learning added complexity and purpose was introduced. This approach further enhanced the learning and training experience and reinforced what they had been taught in previous years.
Bruce Gummow BVSc, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet, PhD, Dipl.ECVPH, MRCVS, FACTM
Professor of Epidemiology
Registered Specialist in Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)
College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
James Cook University, Townsville
Also: Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
And Director of Research Training, CPHMVS, JCU