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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the role of simulation models and previous surgical experience on subjective and objective stress levels of students performing their 1st elective surgery within the veterinary curriculum.

SAMPLE

141 third-year veterinary students

METHODS

Using a pre–post experimental design, salivary alpha-amylase, and cortisol were evaluated as markers of physiologic stress response before students’ first elective surgery. Student self-reported State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) scores and quantitative measures of experience were correlated to biomarker results.

RESULTS

No association was found for change in salivary biomarkers of stress, alpha-amylase, and cortisol, between baseline and presurgical samples accounting for gender, age, type of elective surgery performed, previous surgical experience, or simulation model use. Salivary cortisol levels were markedly elevated falling between the 66th and 99th percentile compared to an age and gender-matched population. Salivary alpha-amylase levels were also 2 to 3 times higher than those recorded by other health professionals. Veterinary student STAI scores were high falling between the 65th and 73rd percentile compared to working adults in the general population.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE

Veterinary students’ salivary cortisol, alpha-amylase, and STAI scores fell into the upper 2/3rds of the general population, demonstrating a high level of stress. Simulation models and previous surgical experience were not associated with decreased stress. Further evaluation of the implementation of high-fidelity simulation models and the role of stress on performance is indicated.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research

the authors' justification for these changes was to reduce “the levels of stress and anxiety currently experienced by first-year veterinary students.” Education at every level is supposed to be challenging, and motivated students will always have a

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

contribute to improving stewardship efforts, we believe that further attention should be focused on veterinary student education. Early education has the ability to ingrain good stewardship behaviors prior to graduation and before students develop their own

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aware that dog bites and other aggressive behaviors pose a complex public health risk and animal welfare issue. These important topics are frequently discussed by diplomates during veterinary student education, veterinary continuing education courses

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AVMF was extremely happy to partner with the Auxiliary to create the scholarship program “that will build upon the hundred-plus year legacy of the Auxiliary's commitment to veterinary student education.” Students benefit from AVMF support The

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, service, and research. In response, some colleges and schools of veterinary medicine have increased the size of their veterinary student classes or raised tuition in an attempt to cover the costs of veterinary student education. These methods, however

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efficiency, or for improving the quality of food or fiber” involving these species is excluded from the US AWA and associated regulations. 2 However, their use in research funded by the US PHS or in human medical and veterinary student education must comply

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,” Dr. Warner said. Michael Cathey, executive director of the AVMF, said, “With one of our strategic priorities being veterinary student education and enhancement, the (Foundation) is very pleased to be partnering with Pfizer Animal Health on this

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annually not only on programs that support educational symposia, veterinary teaching hospitals, and research but also on continuing education, scholarships, and tools for veterinary student education. Dr. Cristiano von Simson, director of veterinary

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, North Carolina. He became a friend of the college after his Golden Retrievers received treatment at the veterinary teaching hospital. A longtime supporter of the institution, Terry chaired a campaign that raised $10 million for veterinary student

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