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Animals 2015, 5(2), 395-406; doi:10.3390/ani5020362

The First Shared Online Curriculum Resources for Veterinary Undergraduate Learning and Teaching in Animal Welfare and Ethics in Australia and New Zealand

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Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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School of Veterinary and Life Science, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
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Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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School of Animal and Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Sutherland Laboratories, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650, Australia
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School of Animal and Veterinary Science, University of Adelaide, Roseworthy, SA 5005, Australia
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College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Science, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia
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School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD 4343, Australia
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Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Science, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Marina von Keyserlingk
Received: 15 April 2015 / Revised: 22 May 2015 / Accepted: 26 May 2015 / Published: 29 May 2015
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There is a need for teaching Animal Welfare and Ethics in veterinary schools and we are developing online resources to meet this need. In this paper we describe how we prioritized the development of these resources by polling experts in the field.

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The need for undergraduate teaching of Animal Welfare and Ethics (AWE) in Australian and New Zealand veterinary courses reflects increasing community concerns and expectations about AWE; global pressures regarding food security and sustainability; the demands of veterinary accreditation; and fears that, unless students encounter AWE as part of their formal education, as veterinarians they will be relatively unaware of the discipline of animal welfare science. To address this need we are developing online resources to ensure Australian and New Zealand veterinary graduates have the knowledge, and the research, communication and critical reasoning skills, to fulfill the AWE role demanded of them by contemporary society. To prioritize development of these resources we assembled leaders in the field of AWE education from the eight veterinary schools in Australia and New Zealand and used modified deliberative polling. This paper describes the role of the poll in developing the first shared online curriculum resource for veterinary undergraduate learning and teaching in AWE in Australia and New Zealand. The learning and teaching strategies that ranked highest in the exercise were: scenario-based learning; a quality of animal life assessment tool; the so-called ‘Human Continuum’ discussion platform; and a negotiated curriculum. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal ethics; animal welfare; online curriculum resources; learning and teaching; scenarios; quality of life assessment animal ethics; animal welfare; online curriculum resources; learning and teaching; scenarios; quality of life assessment
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Johnson, J.; Collins, T.; Degeling, C.; Fawcett, A.; Fisher, A.D.; Freire, R.; Hazel, S.J.; Hood, J.; Lloyd, J.; Phillips, C.J.C.; Stafford, K.; Tzioumis, V.; McGreevy, P.D. The First Shared Online Curriculum Resources for Veterinary Undergraduate Learning and Teaching in Animal Welfare and Ethics in Australia and New Zealand. Animals 2015, 5, 395-406.

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