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“‘Research for farriers – is it necessary or possible?’ A new Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research”

“‘Research for farriers – is it necessary or possible?’ A new Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research”

Weller, R., Pfau, T., Pullen, S., Barstow, A., Rapley, Eve ORCID: 0000-0002-7672-6129 and Davis, R. (2017) “‘Research for farriers – is it necessary or possible?’ A new Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research”. In: International Symposium of the Veterinary Schools Council (VetEd), 6th July 2017, University of Liverpool.

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Abstract

Farriery plays an important role in the treatment and prevention of lameness in horses, there is, however, a lack of scientific evidence in this area. Recently there has been a shift amongst farriers to recognise the importance of scientific findings and lifelong learning. This is reflected in changes to the requirements postulated by the governing bodies nationally and internationally. However, there is a distinct lack of opportunities for farriers to acquire the professional skills to be able to practice on an evidence basis and to contribute to enhancing the scientific evidence. The Royal Veterinary College has established a Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research. The course is offered in a blended model combining online learning with six residential weekends. It comprises 5 modules that systematically and progressively introduce the learner to research providing them with the knowledge and skills to perform their own research project within the constraints of their daily practical work. It includes modules on literature search and critical evaluation of literature, study design and research methodologies, data processing and analysis, scientific writing and presentation skills to finally cumulate in a hypothesis driven research thesis. The majority of learners on this course have not had any experience of studying since they left school (often at an early age) and to address this, the course starts with a standalone module ‘Study skills for online learning’ which helps them develop the necessary academic skills but also acknowledges and alleviates any fears and anxiety they might experience around learning.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: farriery; WP; evidence based veterinary education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 17:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30676

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