Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Jennifer Hyams

 Jennifer Hyams

MEd CSU, BVSc USyd, DipEd NE

Jenny has worked in mixed rural practice in NSW and part-time as a Lecturer in Animal Science and Equine Science in the School of Agriculture at CSU since 1995 before joining the new veterinary program full-time in 2005.

Jenny's professional interests lie predominantly in veterinary education. She was responsible for the development of the veterinary graduate attributes, which are a fundamental part of the curriculum development process, the selection process for veterinary science at CSU and the problem-based learning (PBL) component of the Veterinary Science course in which she is still the Coordinator. Additionally, Jenny is the Student Director for the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and sits on the School's Executive, Veterinary Science Curriculum and Teaching and Learning Committees.

Jenny is the 2015 winner of the Australian Veterinary Associations Special Interest Group – Veterinarians in Education, Research and Academia Excellence in Teaching Award, which was presented in May 2015 at the Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference in Brisbane.

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Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning
  • Work place learning
  • Veterinary graduate outcomes.

Ongoing Projects

  • Partnerships in curriculum renewal: veterinarians' perspectives on participation in undergraduate clinical education; Co-investigator with CSU academics; funding from a Scholarship in Teaching Grant, 2013 – 2014
  • Survey and study of veterinary student attitudes to non technical capabilities, graduate attributes, self-care and career expectations, to inform a new curriculum. Co-investigator with University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne and University of Sydney, 2012 - 2014
  • Demographics and employment destinations of veterinary graduates from Charles Sturt University; Principal Investigator with CSU academics, 2011 – 2015
  • Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine Teaching in Undergraduate Education; Co-investigator with CSU Academic 2011 - 2014
  • Differences between PBL self selected teams versus allocated teams; Co-investigator with CSU Academic 2013 - 2014

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Hyams JH & Raidal SL, 2013, Problem-Based Learning: Facilitating Multiple Small Teams in a Large Group Setting. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME), Preprint (January 2013), pp. 1-6, <>
Heath TJ, Hyams JH, Baguley J & Abbott KA, 2006, Effect of different methods of selection on the background, attitudes and career plans of first year veterinary students. Australian Veterinary Journal 84, 217-222
Hyams JH, Abbott KA & Austin H, 2005, Selection processes for selection of veterinary science students at CSU presented at Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference Darwin, Australia by Prof Kym Abbott.

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JH Hyams. Is PBL meeting its expected outcomes? Australian and New Zealand PanPac Veterinary Conference, Brisbane, Australia. May 2015

E Scholz, SL Raidal, JH Hyams, S Pollard-Williams & M Strong Will the bucket overflow? Maintaining WIL capacity in the face of increasing student numbers. Australian Collaboration Education Network Annual Conference, Tweed Heads, Australia. 2014

JH Hyams. PBL at CSU. Australian Veterinary Boards Council Education Colloquium. Melbourne, Australia. November 2012

JH Hyams. Sustainable PBL Facilitation. Massey University Faculty of Veterinary Science PBL Workshop. Palmerston North, New Zealand, April 2012

JH Hyams. PBL + EBVM = EBL. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, Adelaide, Australia, May 2011

JH Hyams & J Heller. How does a sustainable Problem Based Learning model work? Workshop at CSUED, Bathurst, Australia. November 2010

JH Hyams. Problem-Based Learning in Veterinary Science at CSU. CSUED, Albury, Australia. November 2009

JH Hyams. PBL in an Australian Veterinary Science Curriculum. Australian Veterinary Education Symposium. Brisbane, Australia. June 2009

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