Teaching and Coaching in Veterinary Practice

Course Overview

This course will offer an overview of the fundamental principles for successful teaching, and whether you have been coaching in practice for a while or whether you are just starting out, this course will offer some fresh ideas for you to inject into your teaching role.

We will cover core teaching principles including: selection of a suitable environment, student motivation, learning styles and how they affect the learner, assessment, and teaching principles of professionalism and reflective practice.

If you are in a position of supporting and teaching students and/or new staff in veterinary practice, or are considering moving into a teaching position, then this course will be of great benefit to you.

Course Syllabus

Topics covered on this course include:

Providing a suitable environment for learning

  • What exactly is a clinical coach?
  • How suitable is your clinical environment for teaching and assessment and what can you do to improve it?
  • Designing protocols that work for your students

Understanding what motivates students to learn

  • Learning styles
  • Know your student
  • Dealing with issues that form barriers to learning
  • Developing student-focussed objectives


  • Defining the professional veterinary nursing practitioner
  • Reflecting on your own professional ethos
  • What does the RCVS expect of veterinary nurses?
  • How to ensure that your nursing students appreciate the need for professional practice

Assessment of clinical skills

  • Formulating fair and objective assessments
  • Assessing student progression using a variety of objectives
  • Providing positive feedback
Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Sue Badger

Suitable for: Anyone in a teaching or coaching role in veterinary practice

This course is also extremely useful for anyone in a leadership position in practice, and anyone considering entering teaching as a career



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Simply add the courses you wish to book to your shopping cart, also selecting the start dates of your choice. You will then be guided through the secure checkout to complete your purchase.

Fill out the registration form

Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Understand what motivates students to learn, and how to apply these principles

  • Appreciate the importance of providing a suitable environment for learning, and how to achieve this in current place of work

  • Understand principles of assessment of clinical skills

  • Have a clear idea on teaching and encouraging professionalism in students

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or online learning in general, or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sue became the second recipient of the RCVS Golden Jubilee Award

Your Tutor

Sue Badger

MEd Cert Ed RVN