In the Veterinary Nursing Unit this week, first year students were given the opportunity to handle cats. The aim of the session was to demonstrate the restraint of cats for clinical examinations, blood sampling and intravenous cannulation.
Caroline Bromley, RVN and Placement Manager for Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Physiotherapy, commented on the benefits of the session for first year students, saying, ”Having taught students cat restraint in lectures, they have been able to develop skills learnt to prepare them for going into practice. Practical sessions are great before going into placement as they will have a working knowledge of activities expected of them."
The students were invited to participate and were guided in the techniques involved in the handing of cats. All the students agreed it was a useful experience as well as a fun afternoon working with the cats. Hands on experience is an essential part of the learning process at Harper Adams and we value putting the theory into action and finding out the best practise within all of our learning.
A first year student, Holly Walsgrove, spoke about the course and why she enjoys it so much. “So far I've loved all of the course. I'm a practical learner so having these experiences at my finger tips is a great way to try things and be prepared for my placement year."