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Open Vet J. 2022; 0(0): -

Anatomical knowledge retention in veterinarians and veterinary students

Jelle Stans.


A thorough understanding of anatomy is essential for clinical practice in a wide variety of fields, including medicine. Over time, the share of anatomy in the curriculum of medicine has been reduced. This has raised concerns with several authors about a potential inadequate anatomical knowledge and retention of some practitioners. Several studies have been conducted to assess this knowledge in a wide range of healthcare professions including physicians, physical therapy students and nursing students. In veterinary medicine, a strong knowledge of anatomy is also essential for quality care. Depending on their specific field of practice, veterinarians don’t only need to have a general knowledge of vertebrate anatomy, but also of different species under their treatment. Therefore, it is important to assess the anatomical knowledge retention of both general vertebrate – and species-specific anatomy in both veterinarians and veterinary students.

Key words: Anatomical knowledge, Veterinarians, Veterinary students

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