A final year student at The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is believed to have broken ground with an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) award.

School outreach.
Lauren Krueger (right) teams up with fellow Edinburgh student Alice Lowry for an outreach workshop at a local school.

Lauren Krueger, who is part of a novel Undergraduate Certificate in Veterinary Medical Education (UCVME), is understood to be the first undergraduate vet student in the UK, and the first undergraduate in any discipline at a Scottish university, to become an AFHEA.

Appropriate standards

She said: “Achieving associate fellow status in the Higher Education Academy signifies my commitment to high quality education.

“The resources and support of the academy as I begin my career as a veterinary researcher are invaluable and will allow me to initiate educational and training change within the field.”

Fellowships are given to those who have met the appropriate standards in teaching and supporting learning in higher education, under the UK Professional Standards Framework.

‘Fantastic achievement’

The UCVME programme is modular and students can enrol in their third year, with completion over the final three years of the veterinary degree.

Senior veterinary clinical lecturer Neil Hudson, who leads the UCVME initiative and the undergraduate AFHEA scheme, said: “A key responsibility of veterinary professionals is the education of clients, colleagues and students. We wanted to formally recognise the important role students play in the school’s teaching and learning processes and foster students as partners in education through the development of this certificate.

“This is a fantastic achievement by Lauren in her final year at vet school and gives her a great platform to become an inspirational veterinary teacher of the future – we consider her as a partner in education.”

Neil Hudson (left), Edinburgh students, staff and Juno the dog at an Edinburgh school during an outreach visit.
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