Dr Sandra Aungier is a special lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD. Sandra graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree followed by a Masters and PhD in Bovine Medicine. She spent twenty five years running her Dublin based small animal veterinary hospital. She served as a director on the inaugural board of the Dublin Animal Emergency Centre and helped organise its move to its present premises in UCD. Currently, Sandra teaches on both the veterinary nursing and veterinary medicine programmes.

Plans for the UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

During this Fellowship I hope to determine if students from a) human nursing/medicine and social care and b) veterinary nursing/medicine found an “Interprofessional Education” effective in enabling collaborative practices. When out on clinical placement what were their experiences when observing how professional teams work together. I aim to identify from staff (Academic and Technical) involved in teaching Interprofessional modules, what are the pros and cons that they have experienced when using this approach? Has their teaching plans been adapted to improve the student experience? Should staff receive formal training on what is best practice when teaching on Interprofessional modules and if so what topics need to be covered? Finally I hope to identify from students in a)human nursing/medicine/social care and b) veterinary nursing/medicine the benefits and the problems that they have experienced when participating in “Interprofessional” educational programme modules. Was the approach to teaching conducive to cultivating an awareness of the varying roles of the different student cohorts.

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