Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Pedagogy

Ruth is a Lecturer in Veterinary Professionalism and a Tutor for the Masters in Veterinary Education course.

She is Deputy Chair of the Examinations Board for the 4th yr B Vet Med and serves on the Social Science Research Ethical Review Board.


Ruth qualified from RVC in 1989 and has spent much of her time in both charity practice and primary care emergency clinics. She has spent 11yrs teaching at the RVC in both clinical and formal settings.

Her areas of interest are all aspects of primary care, charity and shelter medicine but her main activitis are in Communication skills and Euthanasia

She has  an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and has recently completed the 'Maddie's' Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine with UFL.

Ruth is also interested in pegagogy and is a tutor to veterinary professionals working towards the PGCert in Veterinary Education

Ruth is currently involved in projects relating the 'The client voice', perceptions of euthanaisa in practice and communication skills pedagogy

Stavisky, J; Watson, B; Dean, R; Merritt, B L; van der Leij, R W J R; Serlin, R
Development of International Learning Outcomes for Shelter Medicine in Veterinary Education: a Delphi Approach
Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.  2020

ICCVM Canada 2018
Podium presentation 'Managing expectations in a veterinary consult - who is saying what?' Ruth Serlin, Kim Whittlestone
Poster 'Testing the reliability of a two-scenario communication skills OSCE' Kim Whittlestone, Ruth Serlin
Poster 'Flipping the communication skills classroom' Kim Whittlestone, Ruth Serlin
Workshop 'Evidence based innovation in curriculum design' Ruth Serlin, Kim Whittlestone

Vet Ed
2016 UK
Poster - 'Adopting a reflective approach to Shelter medicine' . Ruth Serlin, Louise Allum, Jill Maddison
2017 UK
Poster- 'An integrated, reflective approach to communication'. Ruth Serlin, Kim Whittlestone
2018 Utrecht
Poster - 'The Interprofessional Education Club (IPEC): A student led initiative at the RVC'. Tia Barlow, Rosalind Brown, Rachel Garty, Alison Langridge, Tierney Kinnison, Ruth Serlin, Rachel Lumbis
Poster - 'Shelter Medicine: a broad discipline for diverse teaching'. Bree Merritt, Ruth Serlin, Rachel Dean, Louise Allum, Genevieve Smith, Maureen Carnan, Karen Hiestand, Bridget O’Farrell, Jenny Stavisky
Workshop - 'Veterinary Interprofessional Education' Ruth Serlin, Alison Langridge, Rachel Lumbis, Tierney Kinnison
Short communication- 'You Murderer'- Challenges faced by recent veterinary graduates when undertaking euthanasia'. Ruth Serlin, Claire Vinten

B Vet Med.

Ruth is responsible for the communication skills course in years 1-4 and the associated examinations

She teaches about euthanasia in the professionalism strand and superivses  undergraduate student projects

FdSc/BSc Veterinary Nursing

Ruth has veterinary nursing tutees and teaches about primary care topics in the veterinary nursing course, including euthanasia and bereavement

Masters in Veterinary Education

Ruth teaches on the PGCert Vet Ed and supports tutees in this course.


Ruth's clinical background is 25yrs in small animal charity and emergency practice.

Currently, she has no clinicl roles.

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