Exploring how end-of-life management is taught to Australasian veterinary students: Part 1: Technical euthanasia

Katherine E. Littlewood, Ngaio J. Beausoleil, Kevin J. Stafford, Christine Stephens, Teresa Collins, Anne Fawcett, Susan Hazel, Janice K.F. Lloyd, Catherine Mallia, Leonie Richards, Nicole K. Wedler, Sarah Zito

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Abstract

This descriptive study explored how end-of-life management was taught to students in all eight Australasian veterinary schools. A questionnaire-style interview guide was used by a representative at each university to conduct structured interviews with educators in a snowball sampling approach. Four categories of animals were addressed: livestock, equine, companion and avian/wildlife. This article focuses on the first part of the questionnaire: teaching the technical aspects of euthanasia. Euthanasia techniques were taught at more universities in clinical years than preclinical years. Clinical teaching relied on opportunities presenting, for example, euthanasia consultations. Few universities gave students a chance to practise euthanasia during a consultation and those that did were all with livestock. Competency in euthanasia techniques is an important aspect of clinical practice and these findings can be used to inform curriculum reviews of veterinary training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume183
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2018

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    Littlewood, K. E., Beausoleil, N. J., Stafford, K. J., Stephens, C., Collins, T., Fawcett, A., Hazel, S., Lloyd, J. K. F., Mallia, C., Richards, L., Wedler, N. K., & Zito, S. (2018). Exploring how end-of-life management is taught to Australasian veterinary students: Part 1: Technical euthanasia. Veterinary Record, 183(22), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.104775