New JVME Study:

Training Veterinary Students to Perform Ovariectomy Using the MOOSE Spay Model With Traditional Method Versus the Dowling Spay Retractor™.

Study Abstract:

“Educators understand the importance of developing safe and effective methods to teach veterinary students basic surgical skills. Ovariectomy is a procedure that employs many of the skills agreed to be vital for a newly graduated veterinarian. This study endeavored to compare two methods to teach ovariectomy on a model based on assessment of procedure time and skill performance scores. Students’ opinions regarding their experience are also reported. Students performed the Dowling Spay Retractor™ method more quickly (p<0.001) but with similar performance scores compared to the Traditional method depicted in textbooks. Students responded positively when surveyed regarding their experience with the training and the Dowling Spay Retractor™ method."

Authors of the Above Study:

  • Maria Fahie, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS is a Professor in Small Animal Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.
  • Amanda Cloke is a fourth-year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.
  • Minette Lagman, BS, MS is a student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York.
  • Ohad Levi, DVM is an Associate Professor in Equine Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.
  • Peggy Schmidt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVPM is an Associate Professor, Population Health and Epidemiology, and Director of College Outcomes Assessment, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

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