Clinical Skills Centre

The clinical skills lab is a state of the art facility built within the main academic building. The lab features 21 workstations for students, and a main demonstration table with an advanced 3D video capture system, which can be viewed via 8 large screens located around the room. Each workstation is equipped with an examination table, surgical lighting and anaesthetic machine.

In addition to the clinical skills lab, the building features a fully equipped simulated clinic with separate dog and cat wards, pharmacy and two consultation rooms with overhead camera systems to aid communications training.

The use of the clinical skills lab and mock surgery allows students to practice clinical skills enabling them to reach a level of confidence and proficiency prior to attempting procedures on real patients, by experimental learning in a safe environment.  This both improves student performance and reduces anxiety, it also benefits patient’s safety and welfare.

The clinical skills lab is utilised by students from the first semester across a range of modules within the curriculum. The lab has open access sessions, enabling students to practice various skills in their own time.  Models and advanced mannequins are used to learn and practice essential clinical skills required in day to day veterinary practice. These include:

  • Intravenous catheterisation
  • Suture placement and patterns
  • Instrument handling
  • Venepuncture
  • Bandaging
  • Life support and resuscitation
  • Urinary catheterisation
  • Anaesthesia
  • Surgical procedures such as Ovariohysterectomy and Orchiectomy

Physical examination training can be undertaken here on live normal animals.

The simulated clinic is utilised for communications training and enables students to practice clinical skills such as consulting, administering medication, medical care of inpatients within a mock veterinary hospital setting.

Just some of the equipment that we utilise in the clinical skills lab:

  • Ultrasound machine with colour doppler and hand held bovine scanners
  • Endoscopy equipment
  • Digital radiography equipment for both small and large animals
  • Simulators to enable training in artificial breeding, pregnancy diagnosis and embryo transplants
  • Advanced models and mannequins
  • Surgical lighting
  • Anaesthetic machines
  • 3D camera system
  • Electronic stethoscope
  • Video Otoscope
  • ECG monitors
  • Reproduction models for obstetrics training

We aim to collaborate with other veterinary schools both in the UK and around the globe to improve and advance teaching models by testing and comparing the use of low and high fidelity models used for teaching, whilst also creating our very own bespoke models.

Our team

Maria HarveySenior Clinical Skills Technician
Sophie TurnerClinical Skills Technician