School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Claire Vinten





I earned BVMedSci(hons), BVM and BVS degrees from The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and became a qualified member of the RCVS in 2012. From there I worked as a first-opinion small animal and exotics veterinary surgeon for six months before following my ambition to return to university to research veterinary education – an interest I had developed whilst studying ‘misconceptions in veterinary education’ for my undergraduate dissertation.

Degree Registration:


School Research Theme: 

Veterinary Educational Development

Research Topic:

The progression to expertise: improving clinical reasoning in veterinary undergraduates

Summary of Research:

Clinical reasoning is a core skill for clinicians and one that contributes significantly to employability and readiness for practice. As a veterinary school we need create and facilitate learning opportunities to ensure development of clinical reasoning, but specific data as to how clinical reasoning ability is developed through undergraduate veterinary curricula are scarce. This study will attempt to improve the teaching and learning of clinical reasoning skills by firstly examining the current SVMS curriculum to map clinical reasoning progress and secondly by assessing the impact of novel ways to develop clinical reasoning skills in veterinary undergraduates.

Research Supervisors: 

Dr Liz Mossop, Dr Sarah Freeman, Kate Cobb

Primary Funding Source:

Horserace Betting Levy Boar

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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