Methods used to assess student performance and course outcomes at the national center of excellence in dairy production medicine education for veterinarians

Erin Royster, Dawn E. Morin, Laura Molgaard, Deb Wingert, John Fetrow

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Abstract

Between 2012 and 2014, three cohorts of senior veterinary students participated in an 8-week dairy production medicine course created by the National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians. One goal of this course is to better prepare veterinary students to serve the increasingly complex needs of the dairy industry. In this article, we describe the assessment methods and student performance outcomes of those first three cohorts. A combination of assessment methods was used, including pre- A nd post-testing; instructor observations and scores on individual and group projects, including a final integrative project; and peer evaluation. Student feedback, collected via anonymous survey, provided insight into students' perceptions about the course and their learning. Performance and feedback suggest that the course was successful in preparing students for careers using skills in dairy production medicine. Pre- A nd post-testing was conducted for most topic modules in the course. The mean (median) pre- A nd post-test scores were 47% (50% ) and 83% (88%), respectively. The mean improvement in score was significant (p < .002) for all modules and cohorts. Students indicated a moderate or high degree of confidence in performing dairy production medicine skills after each module. Of students in cohorts 1, 2, and 3, respectively, 55%, 75%, and 82% felt they could provide dairy production medicine services (e.g., records analysis, problem investigation, protocol and standard operating procedure design) either alone or with some mentoring, immediately after graduation. In addition, assessment results and student feedback enabled timely course modifications during these first three cohorts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-274
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Assessment methods
  • Dairy production medicine
  • Food supply veterinary medicine
  • Student performance

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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