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An Interactive Teddy Bear Clinic Tour: Teaching student veterinarians how to interact with young children

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Title: An Interactive Teddy Bear Clinic Tour: Teaching student veterinarians how to interact with young children
Author: Dalley, Jessica; Creary, Patricia; Durzi, Tiffany; McMurtry, Meghan
Abstract: There are existing guidelines for teaching and learning skillful client communication; yet, there remains a need for integrating a developmental focus into veterinary medicine curriculum to equip students for interacting with children who accompany their companion animals. The objectives of this Teaching Tip are to: 1) describe the use of a Teddy Bear Clinic Tour as an innovative, applied practice method for teaching veterinary students about clinical communication with children, and 2) provide accompanying resources to enable use of this method to teach clinical communication at other facilities. This paper includes practical guidelines for organizing a Teddy Bear Clinic Tour at training clinics or veterinary medicine colleges, an anecdotal description of a pilot study at the Ontario Veterinary College Smith Lane Animal Hospital, and printable resources including a list of specific clinical communication skills, a sample supervisor-student evaluation sheet, recommendations for creating a child friendly-environment, examples of child-friendly veterinary vocabulary, and a sample script for a Teddy Bear Clinic Tour. Informed by the resources provided in this Teaching Tip paper, the Teddy Bear Clinic Tour can be utilized at your facility as a unique teaching method for clinical communication with children and as a community outreach program to advertise the services at the facility.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/24083
Date: 2016
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Related Publications: Dalley, J. Creary, P. Durzi, T. McMurtry, M. 2016. An Interactive Teddy Bear Clinic Tour: Teaching student veterinarians how to interact with young children. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. https://doi.org/10.3138/jvme.1115-180R1


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