Development and validation of a canine castration model and rubric

Julie A Hunt, Matthew Heydenburg, Christopher K Kelly, Stacy L Anderson, John Dascanio

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Veterinary educators use models to allow repetitive practice of surgical skills leading to clinical competence. Canine castration is a commonly performed procedure that is considered a Day One competency for a veterinarian. In this study, we sought to create and evaluate a canine pre-scrotal closed castration model and grading rubric using a validation framework of content evidence, internal structure evidence, and relationship with other variables. Veterinarians ( n = 8) and students ( n = 32) were recorded while they performed a castration on the model and provided survey feedback. A subset of the students ( n = 7) then performed a live canine castration, and their scores were compared with their model scores. One hundred percent of the veterinarians and 91% of the students reported that the model was helpful in training for canine castration. They highlighted several areas for continued improvement. Veterinarians' model performance scores were significantly hig
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-90
JournalJ Vet Med Educ
StatePublished - Feb 2020


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