Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Liz is Reader in Veterinary Education. Her role is divided between development and delivery of Professional Studies content in the veterinary curriculum, and faculty development in education practice. She is also the Deputy Course Director for the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Her main research area is the professional identity of veterinary surgeons, and the development of teaching to engage students in their identity development. 

Liz graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 2001 and then completed an internship and residency at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, gaining the American Diploma in Veterinary Anesthesiology in 2005. She was Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the RVC for 4 years, before spending 4 years as an anaesthetist at Davies Veterinary Specialists, and was an RCVS Specialist in Anaesthesia from 2005 to 2013.

Liz returned to the RVC in 2013, joining the LIVE centre as Lecturer in Veterinary Education, and at the same time starting a PhD at King's College London (completed in June 2018). She has presented at a number of veterinary education, medical education and higher education conferences nationally and internationally. 

 Liz's research interest is in veterinary professional identity. She has published papers linking veterinary identity to graduate wellbeing and career satisfaction, as well as those on teaching and curriculum design to support identity formation. Her recent research funding includes $10000 (awarded by the Council of International Veterinary Medical Education), to research the impact of using artistic methods for students’ reflection and identity formation, and to develop similar interventions in veterinary and non-veterinary courses internationally.

Armitage-Chan, E. 2019. Best practice in supporting professional identity formation: use of a professional reasoning framework. Journal of veterinary medical education, 1-12.

Armitage-Chan, E. And May, S. A. 2019. The veterinary identity: a time and context model. Journal of veterinary medical education, 46 (2), 153-162.

Armitage-Chan, E and Maddison J, 2019. The influences of curriculum area and student background on mindset to learning in the veterinary curriculum: a pilot study. Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Armitage-Chan, E. and May, S.A., 2018. Identity, environment and mental wellbeing in the veterinary profession. The Veterinary record 183 (2), 68

Armitage-Chan, E. and May, S.A., 2018. Developing a Professional Studies Curriculum to Support Veterinary Professional Identity Formation. Journal of veterinary medical education, 45 (4), 489-501

Armitage-Chan, E. and Jackson, E., 2018. Improving Student Engagement in Veterinary Business Studies. Journal of veterinary medical education45(2), p.204.

Jackson, E.L. and Armitage-Chan, E., The Challenges and Issues of Undergraduate Student Retention and Attainment in UK Veterinary Medical Education. Journal of veterinary medical education44(2), p.247.

Castro, S. M., & Armitage-Chan, E. (2016). Career aspiration in UK veterinary students: the influences of gender, self-esteem and year of study.The Veterinary record.

Armitage-Chan, E. (2016). Assessing Professionalism: A Theoretical Framework for Defining Clinical Rotation Assessment Criteria. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 1-8.

Armitage-Chan, E., & Whiting, M. (2016). Teaching Professionalism: Using Role-Play Simulations to Generate Professionalism Learning Outcomes.Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 1-5.

Armitage-Chan, E., Maddison, J., & May, S. A. (2016). What is the veterinary professional identity? Preliminary findings from web-based continuing professional development in veterinary professionalism. The Veterinary record178(13), 318-318.

Armitage-Chan EA. Human factors, non-technical skills, professionalism and flight safety: their roles in improving patient outcome. Vet Anaesth Analg. 2014 May;41(3):221-3.


Liz teaches professional studies in the BVetMed course, as well as within the CertAVP, MSc in Veterinary Education, and through faculty development. She frequently visits other veterinary schools to advise on veterinary professional education. She is part of the team who deliver the Postgraduate Certificate and MSc in Veterinary Education, and the Professional Doctorate. She also delivers various online CPD courses, including on workplace learning and the development of resilience. 

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