Understanding the biological changes during injury or disease is an important element for veterinary physiotherapists (Veenman, 2006). The assignment looked at our ability to understand the changes during biological repair and also our skill in critically analysing scientific research papers.
The assignment required a lot of reading around the subject. This was required so I could gain a good understanding of the content before beginning to critically review. Reading I find is a weakness. I struggle to read well and when a lot of reading is required I often find procrastination more appealing, although I know this could result in a more stressful working environment (Klassen et al., 2008).
I work much better under pressure so therefore, I left the writing of the assignment to the last minute. This tends to have better results for me (Diseth, 2003). As this was our first formative assignment hand in, upon reflection of the event I have concluded that I need to adjust my time management skills, as this will provide extra proof reading time and for me to be able to make any adjustments before the hand in.
I found, once I started the assignment it very interesting. The different phases of repair for a tendon were more detailed than I thought and I enjoyed researching about the different rehabilitation techniques during each phase, to help optimum repair time. This assignment has a direct impact upon us as professionals as the content was highly relevant to industry and the type of injuries I will be working with as a veterinary physiotherapist (Kaneps, 2016).
From this assignment I have to develop my time management for assignment writing and to give myself more time to read. Hoping that reading when not under so much pressure will help my ability to read and configure the information (Enos, 2010). My PDP will be updated with relevant targets for developing these skills.
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Kaneps, A. J., (2016) Practical Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy for the General Equine Practitioner.’ Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice. (Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete), 32(1) pp. 167–180.
Klassen, R.M., Krawchuk, L.L. & Rajani, S., 2008. Academic procrastination of undergraduates: Low self-efficacy to self-regulate predicts higher levels of procrastination. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 33(4), pp.915–931.
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