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Devan Chiappetta McCannel

What’s veterinary school like? Our Q&A with a DVM Class Representative

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Allie Catalino is a 4th year DVM student, an AVC class representative vice-president, and seems to have many of the secrets to vet school success dialed in. Fortunately for us, despite being incredibly busy working on a farm this summer, she took the time to share some of her vet school experiences and insights. Whether you’re about to enter your first year, nearing the end of your degree like Allie, or already graduated, there’s surely something to be learned or related to in this brief Q&A conversation, so read on!  …

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Professor Insights: EasyAnatomy’s Adaptive Quizzing

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“In educational theory there is the idea that assessment isn’t just for assessment… it should be a learning opportunity too”  For many students, the word “quiz” brings rise to feelings of dread, anxiety and panic. We believe that quizzes can instead be enjoyable, adapt based on an individual’s comfort and confidence, and be a go-to tool for mastering content. This is what we had in mind when we set out to create our gamified adaptive quizzing engine, and it is the vision we share with the anatomists who are meticulously…

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Professor Insights: EasyAnatomy’s Written Content

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“With each written description we’ve tried to answer the question: why is this structure present?” In education there is a constant struggle between quality and quantity of information. As an educator, you have limited classroom time in which to instruct your students, but a great deal of subject matter to cover. As a student, you try to optimize your study habits to absorb what you need to know for your next exam, without overloading yourself with less-relevant information. This same tenuous balance also exists in the creation of educational resources….

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Professor Insights: Fresh Perspectives provided by seeing canine anatomy in interactive 3D

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We often speak to the value of incorporating 3D resources and tools into education. Intuitively it makes sense to learn 3D subject matter by studying 3D sources, but for a variety of reasons the tools necessary to enable this type of learning have been slow to grab a foothold in education, and ever slower to enter veterinary medicine. Studies indicate that learning anatomy in 3D makes it easier to grasp complex concepts, increases student engagement and knowledge retention, and improves assessment. While it sounds great to objectively recite the potential…

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Professor Insights: EasyAnatomy’s Nomenclature

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It’s not possible to create a successful and valuable veterinary education tool without the support of academia, and likewise it would not be possible for us to produce EasyAnatomy without the involvement of the three anatomy professors we are so fortunate to call part of our LlamaZOO team. Dr. Terri Clark, Dr. Susan Dawson and Dr. Corinna Klupiec have each experienced veterinary and anatomy education as educators, and as students. They have intimate knowledge of the challenges and frustrations associated with the subject matter, but they have also learned strategies…

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9 Helpful Tips for Soon to be Veterinarians

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Sometimes coming out of school and going straight into the field can be a little nerve-racking. You’re likely unsure of what to even expect! To help reduce the anxiety and uncertainty, Dr. Nicole Salloum, MVB, gave us these 9 helpful tips to pass along to you soon to be vets. 1. Its normal to feel overwhelmed. When you leave vet school, you’ll have a whole bunch of knowledge at your fingertips, but during your first week in practice you’ll be faced with real life situations and may feel like you actually know very little about…

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