Monday, 1 July 2013

Academics from India visit RDSVS for professional development in veterinary teaching and research

We were pleased to welcome 6 senior Indian veterinary academics to Edinburgh last week. Funded by their University and with the support of their VC Dr Ashok and led by Edinburgh University Alumni, Professor Usha who is the Director of pig genetics and production research at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University, with whom the University through the RDSVS have a MoU, the group had a busy schedule of talks, visits and meetings. During their week-long visit, the group learned about the way in which the RDSVS PG and UG students are taught using a variety of different methodologies, how farm and Zoo practicals are integrated into problem based learning exercises, how knowledge about animal welfare is introduced throughout the curriculum and the way in which the curriculum is designed around Day 1 skills. A highlight for the team was visiting the small animal hospital and learning about the way in which cases are managed and the variety of specialist treatments available here.
Professor Usha said ‘ It had been a wonderful experience for us to learn about the vet education in Edinburgh. This visit has helped us to make suggestions for improving vet education in Kerala.  I am sure this visit will open up next stages of joint initiative’.
We are looking forward to the next stage of our project together, when Prof Anna Meredith will be visiting with the team in Wayanad in July to provide teaching on the wildlife health and welfare programme.

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