Developing students as professionals - tutor involvement in achieving veterinary competencies.

James Littlehales (PebblePad)
Adelle Bowden (University of Nottingham)

Monday, April 8, 2024 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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Session Outline

At PebblePad, we know how vital personal tutoring is to the learner journey and we see it play a pivotal role in many of our customers use of our platform, supporting learners to reflect on, and make sense of their learning and preparing them to be successful in the next steps in their personal development, be that in the workplace or in education.

Join us for an insightful session where we explore the pivotal role of personal tutors in shaping future of veterinary professionals. Discover how professionalism is embedded in the curriculum at all levels and how personal tutoring, using PebblePad as the mechanism, allows tutors to track and feedback on learner progress against essential RCVS ‘Day One’ professional competencies. We will look at the journey of transforming the curriculum and the role the personal tutor plays in it, providing personalised feedback, supporting reflective practice, and preparing veterinary students for working in clinical practice as a professional veterinary surgeon.

Key Takeaways:



  • Understand the critical impact of personal tutors in guiding students’ professional development.



  • Gain practical insights into successful tutor-student collaborations.



  • Discover how critical reflection supports learners in achieving veterinary excellence.



  • Explore how PebblePad empowers students to document their competency growth.



This session addresses the following competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring
P1 - Create and support environments that consider the needs and perspectives of students, and respect individual learners
P3 - Commit to students, colleagues, and their institutions through engagement in continuing professional development, scholarly enquiry, and the evaluation of professional practices
R3 - Motivate, encourage, and support students to recognize their potential, meet challenges, and respect individuality
I7 - Data and information technology applicable to tutoring