Melanie Blevins

Teaching Fellow in Small Animal Surgery
+44 (0)1483 688929
9-5 Mon, Thurs, Fri (term time); Mon-Fri (non term time)


University roles and responsibilities

  • Year Lead: BVMSci Year 4
  • Module Lead: VMS4001 Fundamentals of Veterinary Practice III
  • Academic Integrity Officer

    My qualifications

    Bachelor of Science
    The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
    Bachelor of Veteinary Medicine
    Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK
    Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery
    Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery
    Harper Adams University, UK
    Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching
    University of Surrey, UK

    Affiliations and memberships

    Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

    My teaching

    Courses I teach on

    My publications


    An entrustable professional activity (EPA) model was used to assess the anaesthesia and surgery competence of year four students during elective neutering procedures over three academic years (Cohort A, Cohort B and Cohort C). Two competence thresholds were defined by an expert panel, the minimum acceptable standard (MAS) and the standard expected at the start of final year rotations (SFR). The assessment scheme performed as expected, median level of supervision achieved by students either matched or exceeded the SFR for all EPAs except one which matched the MAS. Semester of assessment was associated with student performance, with more students in Semester 2 achieving the SFR. In the EPAs assessing pain management, documentation and patient discharge, Cohort A was associated with reduced student performance, this could be explained by changes in the delivery of teaching in earlier parts of the program enhancing performance in subsequent academic years. For all EPAs combined and individual EPAs (3,5,6,8 and 9) student performance at the SFR was associated with academic year. For all EPAs assessed combined and EPAs 3,8 and 9 there was a reduction in the proportion of students achieving the SFR threshold in each successive year. At the MAS the only association for the combination of all EPAs was with Cohort C. This progressive reduction in performance may have been related to the negative effect of decreasing time spent at the neutering clinic and loss of feedback opportunity outweighing the positive effects of increased staff:student ratio and improvements in the preparative phases.