Anatomy knowledge within veterinary physiotherapy is of great importance (Paulekas and Haussler, 2009). It allows you to correctly read veterinary notes, locate the anatomical problem, link secondary conditions and help to evaluate gait against biomechanical markers (Veenman, 2006).
Having had a considerable amount of time out of education the thought of having to relearn anatomy, to an even more in-depth knowledge was daunting. The road of learning anatomy started with the purchase of many many anatomy books, some of which are still currently in their wrappers. Anatomy is not something you can learn overnight, it is something that requires time and repetition. Dunlosky et al., (2013) suggest that learning is effect when the task is continual repeated.
Understanding your learning style is something that is important within any educational undertaking (Coffield et al., 2004). I am a kinaesthetic learner and prefer to learn hands on. So with this is mind I have had to design my own style of learning the anatomy knowledge required. I have used real life dogs and horses to help me learn anatomical points and muscles. Felder and Brent (2005) suggest that understanding learner’s differences to learning will provide a more positive outcome for learners.
Anatomical knowledge is something I have recruited the help from other professionals (see PDP). I am lucky to have very supportive colleagues where I work. The vets are always asking pop questions and asking me to locate anatomical structures. This has helped me in a practical sense of learning and via repetition. One of my other colleagues has invited me to dissections, to again repeat knowledge gained from university. I am hoping that the continual repetition of anatomy will slowly become enough to complete both the assignment and practical oral assessment.
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