Veterinary Education Symposium 2018

Veterinary Education Symposium workshop: Bristol, 2014

Using the arts and humanities in veterinary education.




I would have been delighted to visit the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, and to participate in the Veterinary Education Symposium 2018 which is being held there. However, with a few notable exceptions in the veterinary schools of Bristol, Edinburgh and Nottingham, there has been too little interest in the synergies between veterinary animal medical education and human animal medical education. I have participated actively in five of the recent seven Veterinary Education Symposia and I have explored the opportunities for both teaching and education research on an inter-professional basis. Examples of my participation include presentations on –

– Suicide by a dog? More than a bereavement scenario: an existential issue for veterinary education.

– Veterinary education and social media: “even if you teach it, they will not learn it”.

– Excellence in social accountability by a veterinary school: an oxymoron or a zeitgeist?

– Mistreatment, harassment and bullying of learners – part of real life learning experiences?

– See also:

and in 2012:

Examples of workshops include –

– Using the arts and humanities in veterinary education.

– Improving learning experiences to counter mistreatment, harassment and bullying.

Regrettably there has been only limited progress and there appears to be no merit to pursuing these synergies through the Veterinary Education Symposium processes.


Veterinary Education Symposium workshop: Glasgow, 2016

Improving learning experiences to counter mistreatment, harassment and bullying.








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About Iain Robbe

I am a medical practitioner (MB, BS, 1980; MRCS, LRCP, 1980) registered with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have reactivated my licence to practise and I am providing telephone support to vulnerable elderly to assist them during the pandemic. I remain active as a Clinical Medical Educationist participating in a number of projects with the universities of St Mary’s and Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and Mount Allison in New Brunswick, inter alia, and separately with three of the veterinary schools in the UK. My focus is on teaching and research in professionalism, ethics, and communications, and particularly the influences of vernacular architecture on the creation of positive learning experiences in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. I have the degree of Master in Public Health from the University of London (1985) and the degree of Master in Medical Education with distinction from the University of Wales (2001). The guiding principles in my practices are based on andragogy and humanism, and the prime ethical principle of autonomy for the individual and in population health.

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