Effectiveness of Supplementary Materials in Teaching the Veterinary Neurologic Examination

Kari D. Foss, Christopher D.A. Seals, Devon W. Hague, Ashley E. Mitek

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Clinical neurology can be difficult for veterinary students to comprehend, and part of understanding the clinical aspect is performing a proper neurologic examination. In this study, first-year veterinary students in a Small Animal Physical Exam and Anatomy rotation were given supplemental learning activities to determine their effect on student procedural knowledge and motivation in performing a neurologic examination. Students were randomly assigned to one of three groups: the first watched a video of a clinician performing the neurologic examination, the second read a handout about the neurologic exam, and the third was the control group, where students were not provided any supplemental activities. At the start and end of the rotation, students participated in a survey assessing their overall procedural knowledge and motivation to learn about the neurologic exam. No notable improvement occurred in overall student knowledge from the beginning to end of the rotation, nor when using supplemental material (p > .05). However, there was a significant difference in quiz scores between the three condition groups (p < .01), suggesting the type of learning activity did influence student learning. Additionally, students in the video and reading groups showed a significant increase in motivational scores compared with those in the control group (p < .05), demonstrating supplemental learning activities do improve student motivation in learning about the neurologic examination. This study provides evidence that while supplemental materials may not immediately help veterinary students learn to perform the neurologic examination, they do have a positive impact on students’ learning motivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-499
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • supplemental learning
  • survey
  • veterinary neurology
  • video-based instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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