Education Day

The goal of LSU SVM’s inaugural Education Day is to spark ideas for innovation in teaching and foster connections among veterinary educators.

Date: December 14, 2020

Time: 8 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

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Time Speaker Presentation
8:00 - 8:50 a.m. Claire Vinten, BVMedSci, BVM, BVS, Ph.D., SFHEA, MRCVS from the Royal Veterinary College (UK) Clinical Reasoning
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Julie Hunt, DVM, MS, Fellow, AMEE, Lincoln Memorial University) Low Fidelity Models in Clinical Skills Training
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Kent Hecker, MSc, Ph.D., University of Calgary, Canada Assessment Strategies
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Susan Matthew, Ph.D., BVSC (Hons), BVSc (Vet) (Hons), GradCertEdStud (Higher Ed), Washington State University Fostering Resilience
12:00 - 12:50 p.m. Jamie Perkins, DVM, EdD, University of Arizona Technological Innovations in Teaching

Keynote Speaker

Jamie PerkinsJamie Perkins

Title: The Future of Veterinary Medical Education, Where We Are Today and What's on the Horizon.

Bio: Dr. Perkins is a 2017 veterinary school graduate. After graduation she was employed in a small animal practice for a short period of time. Dr. Perkins began her academic career in 2017 at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, as one of the founding faculty members for the Center for Innovation in Veterinary Education (CIVET). Dr. Perkins is now a tenure track assistant professor of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Arizona's new  College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Perkins has been awarded over $400,000 in extra mural funding to date. One ongoing grant project is a USDA NIFA award, which is funding the development of an Alexa Skill for rural veterinary medical practitioners. Dr. Perkins research interests include clinical skills model development and validation, artificial intelligence skill development, and design of other computer assisted learning tools for veterinary student education. As a founding member of the University of Arizona’s new veterinary school, Dr. Perkins is playing a pivotal role in developing learning resources for a vastly new model of curriculum in the veterinary industry, work which extends well beyond her own university.   


Claire VintenClaire Vinten

Title: Integrating Clinical Reasoning into the veterinary curriculum

Bio: Claire is Lecturer in Veterinary Education at the Royal Veterinary College in London, where she leads the Professional Studies curriculum. She has been involved with clinical reasoning teaching and research for the past 8 years, and in 2016 completed her PhD investigating development of clinical reasoning in veterinary students. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and part of the team delivering the MSc in Veterinary Education offered at the RVC.


Julie HuntJulie Hunt

Title: What makes an effective simulator? Educational theory and the fidelity arms race

Bio: Julie Hunt serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences at Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She designed the clinical skills curriculum since the inception of the college, and developed and validated many of the models used in the curriculum including novel models for teaching ovariohysterectomy and castration. She co-founded the college’s Center for Innovation in Veterinary Education and Technology (CIVET), which performs educational research and has been instrumental in designing the Master of Veterinary Education degree which is enrolling students in fall 2021. Her research is focused on clinical skills model validation, comparison of models, and factors associated with increasing students’ skills gains.

Kent Hecker Kent Hecker

Title: A sorting hat for competence? Reconsidering assessment methods in veterinary education

Bio: Dr. Hecker is passionate about educational measurement and assessment. He is interested in building educational assessment and research capacity within and across veterinary schools to better inform learning, teaching, and assessment practices. Dr. Hecker is a Professor of Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with a joint appointment in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the inaugural Chief Assessment Officer for the International Council for Veterinary Assessment. Dr Hecker studies performance in health professions education focusing in three areas: 1) Selection of applicants; 2) Assessment of student/trainee competency development across the health care continuum; and 3) The application of neuro-imaging methods (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] and electroencephalography [EEG]) to assess learning, reasoning and decision making. He is the Principal Investigator for The Health Education Neuroassesment Laboratory (THENaL) which is the first research facility in Canada for understanding how brain data relates to learning, education and behavioral test performance within higher education.

Susan Matthew Susan Matthew

Title: Enhancing Resilience in Veterinary Education

Bio: Susan Matthew, PhD BVSc BSc(Vet) GradCertEdStud(HigherEd), is a veterinarian and faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Her PhD investigated students’ experiences of clinic-based learning in the transition to practice. Her current research portfolio includes investigating veterinary student and graduate resilience as part of the VetSet2Go research project focused on building veterinary employability. Susan taught veterinary professional practice at The University of Sydney in Australia from 2007, and moved to Washington State University in December 2015. Her current role is as Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Veterinary Medical Education. In this role Susan works on enhancing the curriculum and teaching in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as well as teaching veterinary clinical communication, career development and resilience. In her free time Susan enjoys cooking, hiking and taking photos of beautiful scenery with her husband, Scott.