Veterinary Medical Education Division


Open events: these are open to staff and students within and outside the Vet School. There is no need to book, just come along.


Speaker: Dr Kristina Pollock, Clinician Teacher in Emergency and Critical Care, Hospital for Small Animals

What? Simulation is a method or technique that is employed to produce an experience without going through the real event. Simulation opens up opportunities that are not available in real event learning and at the same time provides a multifaceted safety container for learning. 

Where? Simulation based education is utilised globally in medical education. The UK has the highest number of advanced medical simulation centres in Europe and the NHS is regarded as a global leader in simulation based medical education. 
How?  Come along for a discussion on how simulation based education is currently used in human medical education to improve the student learning experience and improve patient outcomes in the UK based around recent experiences at Dundee Medical School.

Biography: Dr Kristina Pollock MVB PhD CertSAS FHEA MRCVS is a Clinician Teacher in Emergency and Critical Care. She is based at the Hospital for Small Animals, part of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute.

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Speaker: Professor Robert Logie, Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh

With the dramatic increase in use of digital technologies in everyday working and personal life, there is an increasing reliance on digital memory to store important information rather than to store that information in our biological memory. In recent years, this has been described as cognitive offloading, which can be beneficial for storing details, appointments, and to give access to vast amounts of information on the world-wide web, thereby freeing up brain capacity. However, a major question is whether that brain capacity is used productively in other ways, or if we offload more than is desirable.

This talk will present recent evidence demonstrating that there are major disadvantages in letting our smart phones do our thinking for us, and because digital memory is readily available, this undermines learning. At university, this means that having digital recordings of lectures may lead to much less effective learning, and availability of digital collections of lecture slides gives the illusion that material has been learned when it has not, or learning is delayed until just before exams. The talk will conclude that the learning that is required at university is undermined by making too much lecture material available digitally, and will use the understanding of, and evidence for how human learning and memory actually works to demonstrate how to maximize effective and low-stress learning through use of digital memory as a prompt for   biological recall, not as a means to achieve cognitive offloading.

Biography: Robert H Logie is Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his PhD from University College, London, UK, then worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Cambridge, UK. He next moved to the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK as a faculty member, becoming Head of Department for five years before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 2004. He has also had adjunct professor positions at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Kyoto University, Japan. His teaching and research interests cover both theoretical and applied approaches to the cognition of human memory. Research projects involve developing cognitive theories of working memory across the adult lifespan, using theories of human cognition to understand the cognitive impairments suffered by people who have suffered brain damage from injury, stroke, neurosurgery or brain disease including dementia, studies of forgetting, and the interaction of human cognition with digital technology both in medical applications and in the everyday use of smartphones. Currently, he leads an international research collaboration involving scientists from Columbia, Missouri, and from Switzerland who disagree with him and each other about theories of how the mind works, but who have agreed to work together to understand a key aspect of the human mind that allows us to keep track of what we are doing every waking moment of our lives. This is known as working memory.
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Speaker: Diane Daune, SFHEA, RSCN, RGN, RM, PGDE, RNT, BSc (Hons) Nursing, MA in Arts Health

This webinar presentation will outline the use of coaching to enhance student’s work-based learning within the implementation of Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP). The presentation will include evaluation results that indicate the collaborative learning in practice module: 

  • is a valid and reliable pedagogy for clinical learning;
  • increases self-confidence and reduces anxiety in students during clinical decision making;
  • supports practice supervision that enables student’s to  learn and safely achieve professional proficiencies and autonomy;
  • contributes to the introducing and ongoing support of student supervision and assessment;
  • contributes to increased placement capacity.

Diane will present remotely via Blackboard Collaborate and the presentation will be screened live in room 1.28 (vet school). The presentation will also be recorded. 

Biography: Diane is a Senior Lecturer in Work-Based Learning at the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire. She has more than 17 years of educational leadership that influences and shapes the educational impact and outputs of undergraduate, postgraduate and return to practice nursing programmes. She has a track record of developing, initiating and evaluating programmes with embedded work-based learning experiences, and as a practitioner understands the importance of working with placement providers to enhance students’ work-based learning opportunities.

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Speaker: Dr. Jane Desmond, Professor of Anthropology and Gender/Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This presentation and discussion focuses on the question of how the dramatic gender shifts in the make-up of veterinary practitioners since the end of the 20th century is offering new possibilities for defining the practice of veterinary medicine and charting new challenges to the ways that consumers and employers imagine professional medical care for non-human animals. This presentation will focus on the structure of the veterinary profession in the contemporary U.S. and its intersection with gendered shifts, and then open out to invite consideration of how these multi-national shifts in the make up of the profession might impact the provision of medicine and the structure of medical practice in the immediate future in the U.K.  What if any differences might it make in the future that nearly all veterinarians are females? (roughly 85% of incoming classes in veterinary schools are female in both the UK and US.) Might the demographic transformations in the profession in the past few decades ultimately contribute to a rethinking of what it means to be  a "vet?"  Of how vets relate to their patients and clients?  Of how medical care is delivered? Of what the performance of expertise looks like in the surgery?  

Up until now few scholars in gender studies or the studies of science and technology or the medical humanities have taken veterinary medicine seriously as a focus of research, focusing instead on the human dimension of medicine in the fields of the medical humanities and medical anthropology.  But the veterinary world impacts every single life in the UK an US whether through pet care or epidemiological protections, and deserves serious and ongoing scholarly consideration in the contemporary moment.  This is an attempt to redress that balance.


Biography: Dr. Jane Desmond is Professor of Anthropology and Gender/women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The author of editor of five scholarly books, she is currently working on a new book tentatively titled _Medicine Across the Species Line:  Cultural Dimensions of Clinical Veterinary Medicine_ , based on several years of fieldwork in veterinary medicine.  She is the founding editor of the University of Chicago Press's _Animal Lives_ book series, and the founding resident director of the UIUC-Animals and Society Institute international summer institute in Human-Animal Studies.  Her most recent book is _Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life_ from the U of Chicago Press, 2016).  This past spring she was the first non-veterinarian invited to teach the UIUC Vet Med course on "Contemporary Issues in Veterinary Medicine," for first year students in vet med.

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