ABSTRACT: This paper aims to help undergraduate student veterinary nurses undertaking their dissertation to write their literature review. Utilising the supervisor, addressing the six key items, and using a story board approach to plan a logical structure are recommended. Demonstrating depth and breadth of relevant knowledge, and finding an academic voice as part of the critical evaluation of material in a context relevant way is considered essential, in order to authoritatively guide the reader to the subsequent original study the author will research. This helps to ensure that the literature review has achieved its aims and is considerably favourably.

Keywords: dissertation, literature reviews, student veterinary nurse, undergraduate

Author: L.A. Buckley PhD FHEA RVN

Louise Buckley is a registered veterinary nurse with a background in animal welfare research, lecturing and clinical practice. She is based at the University of Edinburgh where she runs a programme for trainee consultant urologists, lectures and supervises postgraduate students undergoing their dissertations. She has a particular enthusiasm for supporting veterinary nurses to develop their academic and research skills. Over the last ten years she has supported many veterinary nurses/students undertake their dissertations successfully and subsequently publish in journals and / or present at conferences in the UK and overseas. She is very proud of each and every one of them and what they have achieved, and what they have taught her along the way.
Email: louise.buckley@ed.ac.uk

To cite this article: VNJ Volume 36 (01) January 2021 pp 36-42

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