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Unique human factors training course set for take-off in veterinary sphere

A unique human factors course is set to transform training opportunities within the veterinary industry courtesy of an innovative experience which is due to take flight next year.

Trainetics, which delivers human factors and leadership training and consultancy, is launching a fully-immersive course for veterinary professionals in January, utilising its unique partnership with the British Airways Global Learning Academy at Heathrow Airport.

The partnership sees Trainetics’ delegates take control of an Airbus or Boeing commercial jet, courtesy of state-of-the-art flight and cabin simulators situated airside at Heathrow, with the inaugural vets’ course taking place on Friday, January 20, 2023.

The bespoke training experience is all part of the human factors science involved in veterinary leadership, which Trainetics’ Tom Cardy, an EBVS™ and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, believes is going to play an increasing role in the industry’s development.

Tom said: “The potential impact of human factors on the veterinary industry is huge. What we are able to offer delegates is a unique experience to improve their situational awareness and decision-making.

“It is something which I believe delegates will find incredibly insightful as part of their career progression and it can improve how we treat our patients every day.

“Human factors is the science that uses many disciplines, such as anatomy, physiology, physics and biomechanics, to understand the interactions between humans and other elements of a system in order to optimise human wellbeing and overall system performance.​

​“Within the veterinary profession, human factors is still relatively new, however, its true scope within the industry lies in understanding and applying systems-thinking methodology to our complex, adaptive profession.”

Trainetics has operated in various sectors such as aviation, ergonomics and human healthcare for many years and, as part of spreading its wings into the veterinary sector, has a team of leading industry figures spearheading its offering.

Working alongside Tom and other well-known veterinary figures such as Bradley Viner, Andrew Fiske-Jackson and Vicky Lipscombe, is Professor Holger Volk, an EBVS™ and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

Prof Volk said: “When I first had the chance to become consciously incompetent in a flight simulator at BA with Trainetics, it was a fantastic opportunity to learn about my own limitations and how to better overcome them.

“Part of the immersive experience is learning about human factors, situational awareness, decision-making, workload management, system performance and health and wellbeing.

“We can learn so much from the aviation industry and vice-versa, and these unique courses can provide real opportunities to better ourselves as a profession and as individuals.

“As part of these courses, we learn error is ubiquitous and success is built around minimising and dampening out its effects.

“There are other key aspects such as solving problems by modifying the design of the system to better aid people, rather than teaching people to modify their behaviour, and a focus on rigorous, evidence-based solutions to problems.”

Trainetics veterinary courses are based within the British Airways Global Learning Academy at Heathrow and include flight simulation, individual development, workshops and seminars such as situational awareness, decision-making, workload management and optimising personal wellbeing.

For more information and details on how to book courses, visit the Trainetics website or find them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The British Airways Global Learning Academy at Heathrow is part of the fully immersive human factors training offered to the veterinary community by Trainetics.

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