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 FVMAS OF THE UP COMMISSIONED THE FIRST VETERINARY SKILLS LAB IN THE REGION

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science opened its newly established Veterinary skills laboratory for studentsí use on Tuesday 23rd, June 2015. With this opening, University of Peradeniya now owns the first of its kind in the south Asian region.

The purpose of this lab is to offer novice veterinary undergraduates the opportunity to master the day-one clinical skills in a protected learning environment without using live animals. The clinical skills lab provides an environment for students to learn and practice psychomotor skills associated with veterinary medicine. Students will start as early as first semester learning basic veterinary skills on models. Utilizing models allows for the students to practice repetitively in the lab, as well as at home.

Lab was initiated with 10 skill stations imported from overseas with high cost and the staff and students are in the process of designing and making more items locally at low cost. This lab was developed under the generous support of HETC/QIG/R2/2/PDN/VET Science grant. In parallel to this, a workshop was held to create awareness among the academic staff on the use of skills lab facility for undergraduate teaching and evaluation on the same day. The workshop was conducted by veterinary medical educationist Dr. Ayona Silva-Fletcher, professor in Veterinary education and course director for the MSc Vet education program at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. Dr. Aruna Amarasinghe is the coordinator the skills laboratory development activity and Dr. M.L.A.N.R. Deepani is the overall coordinator of this HETC funded project.

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Skills laboratory at the FVMAS
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