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Miss Julie Dickson

(Former employee or visitor)

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
2014Doctor in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Is spatial ability teachable: New dimensions in veterinary anatomy education.

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA
North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, NAVLE
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCognitive psychology , Veterinary education, Teaching and learning, 3D models and education


Year 1

The Animal Body 1


Year 2

The Animal Body 3

The Animal Body 4


Study skills

Mind map workshops for staff and students

Mentor staff on Edinburgh Teaching Award

Mentor students for AFHEA



Current Research Interests

Cognitive psychology and veterinary education

Spatial ability and anatomy education

3D printing and 3D models

Technology and education

Mind maps and veterinary education

Multimedia principle

Cognitive load theory


I qualified as a veterinaery surgeon from the University of Edinburgh, Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in 2011. Since graduating I worked in a mixed practice for a year and during this time successfully sat the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), I then subsequently went on to work in small animal practice. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching students while in practice and so returned to the RDSVS in 2013 as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy and Physiology to pursue a career in academia.

Currently I am a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy and Physiology and I am completing a PhD in Anatomical Sciences Education. My research interests primarily involve cognitive psychology and veterinary education.

Administrative Roles

Pre-Clinical Teaching (First year)

Study Skills (mind map workshops)

Edinburgh Teaching Award Mentor

AFHEA mentor to students

Collaborative Activity

University of Edinburgh, School of Psychology

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art

University of Bristol, Vet School

Research activities & awards

  1. R(D)SVS Undergraduate Open Day

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

  2. YGVA: Young Generation of Veterinary Anatomists Meeting 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. VetEd: VetEd Symposium 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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