A final-year veterinary student at the University of Edinburgh who is part of the new Undergraduate Certificate in Veterinary Medical Education Programme has become an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
Lauren Krueger is the first undergraduate vet student in the UK and the first undergraduate in any discipline in a Scottish university to become an AFHEA. Fellowships are awarded to those who have met the appropriate criteria in teaching and supporting learning in higher education, aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework.
Edinburgh’s Vet School has introduced this novel Undergraduate Certificate in Veterinary Medical Education, believed to be the first of its kind in the veterinary sector. Dr Neil Hudson, Senior Veterinary Clinical Lecturer, who leads this initiative and Edinburgh’s undergraduate AFHEA scheme said: “A key responsibility of veterinary professionals is the education of clients, colleagues and students. We wanted to formally recognise the important role that students play in the School’s teaching and learning processes and foster students as partners in education through the development of this Certificate.”
The programme is modular and students can enrol in the third year of their degree. There are core and elective components, with completion over the final three years of the veterinary degree. The programme started in 2014 and there are now 115 students enrolled with the first cohort due to successfully complete their Certificate in May 2017. Nine of these are taking their training a step further and embarking on applying for AFHEA status under the mentorship of the Certificate Programme. One educational strand implemented in the Certificate is the opportunity for students to become involved in outreach workshops and school visits to foster the link with young people aspiring to enter higher education. Students have also developed and been involved in activities as part of their Certificate that include helping fellow students with Peer-assisted learning activities, client education and charitable work.
Commenting on her award, Lauren said “Achieving Associate Fellow status within the HEA signifies my commitment to high quality education. The resources and support of the Academy as I begin my career as a veterinary researcher are invaluable and will allow me to initiate educational and training change within the field.”
Professor Sally Bradley, the HEA’s Academic Lead for Professional Learning and Development, said, “I’m delighted that Lauren has achieved Associate Fellowship, it’s a fantastic achievement. It’s also very positive that the opportunity for Associate Fellowship is open to these students, recognising their commitment to learning and teaching.”
Dr Neil Hudson added, “This is a fantastic achievement by Lauren in her Final Year at Vet School and gives her a great platform to become an inspirational veterinary teacher of the future. Truly, we consider her as a partner in education.”
Pictured are Dr Neil Hudson (left) and Edinburgh Vet Students and Juno the dog at an Edinburgh school on a recent Education Certificate outreach visit.