ABSTRACT: Endotracheal intubation practice, using a modified model dog was introduced to help student veterinary nurses prepare for anaesthetic procedures during clinical work-placements. The model was reviewed by five clinical experts who rated it as reasonably realistic and suitable for teaching and suggested minor improvements. Training was delivered to a cohort of students and their feedback was positive; they found the model helpful and had enjoyed the practical. A focus group and interviews were undertaken with some students after placements; they considered the practical had helped them prepare for and perform the task but requested additional opportunities to use the model.


Rachel Harris RVN, AFHEA, PGCE

Rachel was a Head Nurse in small animal veterinary practice until 2015 when she was appointed as Senior Teaching Technician at Bristol Vet School and is responsible for leading the clinical skills lab team at Langford. Rachel teaches and assesses clinical skills for BVSc veterinary students and students on the veterinary nursing programme. As part of her role she is involved in developing new practical classes and teaching resources for the Clinical Skills Lab. She delivers a diverse range of practical classes, predominantly based at Langford, but also off site with partner institutions. Rachel is passionate about clinical skills teaching and improving the learning experience for veterinary and veterinary nursing students. In 2016-17 Rachel was awarded a University Teaching and Development Grant and led a study evaluating the use of models in simulation-based teaching. The study has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (2019 in press). In addition, Rachel was recently awarded a Bristol Institution for Learning andTeaching Innovation Grant and is currently leading a study exploring the area of the flipped classroom. In September 2017 Rachel achieved an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and in August 2019 she was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Oxford Brookes University

Email: rachel.christopher@bristol.ac.uk

Maire O’Reilly RVN, DipAVN (Surgical)

Maire was a RANA and after working in a variety of VN positions and disciplines has retired from Veterinary Nursing. Recent years were spent working in the Clinical Skills environment in University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. St Kitts and Nevis. The opportunity to create teaching models and teaching materials was a hugely satisfying experience. Email: maire.oreilly@ucd.ie

Sarah Baillie BVSc, MSc, PhD, PFHEA, MRCVS

Sarah worked in clinical practice for many years before doing a PhD in computer science when she developed and validated virtual reality simulators for training veterinary students. Recently, Sarah led a major curriculum review at Bristol Veterinary School, UK. Sarah is passionate about clinical skills teaching and was responsible for opening the clinical skills lab at Bristol and integrated associated teaching and assessment throughout the curriculum. She has designed many models (low- and high-fidelity) and developed a range of supporting learning resources. She has a diverse portfolio of educational research including clinical skills and simulation as well as work-based learning, business skills, evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM), case-based learning. mental wellbeing and employability Sarah is now an Emeritus Professor with the University of Bristol and is fortunate to be able to dedicate more time to veterinary education research and collaborations around the world.

Email: sarah.baillie@bristol.ac.uk

Keywords: Endotracheal intubation; clinical skills; model; simulation; veterinary nursing

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 35 (02) • February 2020 pp42-45

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