Scenarios are widely recognized as a pedagogically valuable tool – they provide a realistic, safe and supported environment for testing and applying key concepts and ideas. They are also known to enhance knowledge retention and to aid in the development of practical skills.
For each of the eight themes we have created scenarios with an ethical or welfare focus, inviting students to consider the challenges associated with situations they may encounter in veterinary practice. Students then have the opportunity to reflect on and work through these scenarios and the challenges they generate, either individually or with their fellow students.
Each scenario starts with an overview, outlining key information and indicating which RCVS competencies are being explored in the case. Scenarios also include links to background material and other resources such as videos, and involve interactive tasks intended to develop the ethical, welfare and communication skills of students. In addition to exercises which provide model answers along the way, each scenario has a suggested assessment task, with relevant assessment criteria and rubrics available to lecturers and tutors in the teacher resources tab.
Environmental impacts of animal agriculture
Livestock welfare at a major Australian saleyard
Reporting cruelty by neglect
* Indicates scenario sits under multiple themes.