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Teaching at the Clinic of Animal Reproduction

The Clinic of Animal Reproduction puts the focus on case-based and animal-side teaching. We are considering both the needs of our students and animal welfare issues. We are proud of our 20 years long documented history of innovative teaching activities: First online lecture, more than 10 multimedia programs, clinical skills lab with simulators and models, wikis, critically appraised topics (CATs), SOPs, 13 publications and PhD theses on teaching approaches, 7 grants for teaching projects, multiple teaching awards.

Our Mantra: Teaching comes first!



1995: Vetmedia starts to develop multimedia programs to complement clinical teaching.

1997: First PhD theses is published on a learning program at the Veterinary College.

2000: Vetion.de is founded; which becomes a social media company in veterinary medicine.

2003: First Blended learning course conducted within the Veterinary College.

2006: Teaching of EBVM begins.

2008: Vetipedia (a wiki system for veterinary students) starts.

2011: First seminar in communication skills is conducted for students.

2012: Sebastian Arlt receives best teaching award (training EBVM).

2013: Database is established on critically appraised topics.

2015: Clinical Skills Lab is conceptualized and spearheaded.

2015: Program starts to develop standard operating procedures (SOP) for veterinary students.

2017: SOP program is expanded to mobile devices.

2017: A Grant is secured to continue Vetipedia; currently more than 2900 entries.

2017: The modular skills lab is launched to teach clinical skills, soft skills, and animal welfare skills.

2018: Mobile learning will be studied and evaluated.


Our philosophy

The primary commitment of the Team of Clinic of Animal Reproduction to clinical teaching is to create an environment that stimulates the joy of learning in students and the awareness for life-long learning.

The students find an atmosphere that stimulates clinical problem solving and critical thinking skills. These will result in students expressing valid arguments and decisions founded on science-based evidence and clinical expertise. We strive to develop the mind set to address the 3 task of modern veterinary medicine: Practicing veterinary medicine for the individual animal (e.g. diagnosing, clinical reasoning, treating diseases), at the herd level (e.g. monitoring, evaluating data, prevention), and responding to societal challenges (e.g. consumer safety, animal welfare, critically perceived drugs).

The Clinic of Animal Reproduction continues to utilize different types of educational strategies and media to enhance traditional learning for undergraduates, doctoral students and residents. Continuing education plays a major role in our professional ecosystem and each team member regularly attends workshops and courses on didactics and communication. We have successfully developed, used and evaluated innovative teaching methods and materials. Several publications demonstrate our activities.