The aim of this project was to ensure the maximum benefits to students, farmers/horse owners and animals are gained from the extra-mural studies (EMS) experience requirements of veterinary students on cattle, sheep and horse units. The project also provided research training for a PhD student in animal welfare and ethics education.
This project aimed to achieve the following benefits
For the veterinary students
Applying welfare assessment, health planning and ethics-based knowledge in a practical setting
Maximise the animal observation and handling skills training opportunity from EMS
Provide additional exposure to ethical issues, enhance ethical awareness and contribute to future development of a Veterinary Ethical Reasoning Tool for use by future veterinary students
Encourage engagement of veterinary students with their EMS experience by providing them with specific veterinary aspects to investigate on their placement.
Promote understanding of disease prevention and control between and within animal units.
Enhance development of the students’ skills, knowledge and attitudes, to give them more confidence and competence in client communication.
For the Farmers/ Horse Owners
Maximise positive engagement in teaching students relevant skills and knowledge in animal husbandry
Where possible, raise awareness of health and welfare related issues by active participation in student learning
Raise awareness of and encourage involvement in health planning
Encourage farmers/ horse owners to seek further veterinary advice on health issues raised by the students.
For the Animals
Improve animal welfare by promoting disease prevention and control on livestock units
Long term improvement in future veterinary student education resulting in improved handling skills and practical application of animal welfare knowledge
Encourage use of welfare assessment and health and biosecurity management tools in the farms hosting veterinary students
Analysis of data collected by veterinary students will have widespread benefits such as surveillance data for policymakers in animal welfare and for defining priorities for stockmen-related education initiatives.