ECFVG Test Development Workshop Participants Needed

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) is an AVMA entity charged with running a four-step program to assess the veterinary educational background of foreign veterinary graduates wishing to become a licensed veterinarian in the United States. Those graduates who earn ECFVG certification by demonstrating an education equivalent to that of a graduate of a veterinary school accredited by the AVMA Council on Education are then eligible to take the national veterinary licensing exam.

The third step of the ECFVG certificate program is a computer-based, multiple choice examination: the Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam (BCSE), which consists of a mixture of basic science questions as well as clinical questions in all species of animals. Volunteers are sought to participate in test development workshops for the BCSE, including an item writing workshop scheduled for May 12-14 and an item review workshop scheduled for July 28-30. Both workshops will be held at the AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., and led by consultants affiliated with the test vendor for the ECFVG program. Travel expenses for participants will be reimbursed by the AVMA.

Workshop participants must hold a DVM/VMD or equivalent degree; be actively working in or recently retired (within five years) from the veterinary profession (e.g., private clinical practice, corporate practice, academia, public practice, government); and during employment in the veterinary profession must have interacted with new graduates (within two years) from AVMA Council on Education-accredited veterinary schools.

Individuals interested in taking part in the workshops should email Robert Cook no later than February 28, 2017, with the following information:  Full name; email; phone number; brief description (fewer than 25 words) of your background experience or expertise, including current position; species and/or discipline of interest; and veterinary college and year of graduation. Interested volunteers also are encouraged to learn more about the ECFVG program, and the BCSE.