The accreditation of veterinary education continues to play a central part at the AVMA, and the Executive Board approved several relevant requests from the Council on Education and the Education and Research Division.
The board approved travel for a full site visit to the National Veterinary School of Lyon, France, and a consultative site visit to St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Schools pay the expenses for site visits. The board allocated $1,750 for presentations about the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates' certification program at St. George's University and possibly also at Ross University on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.
The board approved inserting the topic of biosecurity into the list of curriculum requirements for accreditation, on recommendation from the council. Now veterinary instruction must include principles and hands-on experiences in biosecurity.
The board approved spending $3,300 for a survey of Standards for Accreditation. The AVMA conducts the survey every four years to assure the Department of Education that the accreditation standards for veterinary education are valid and reliable.
The board allocated $5,825 to tap into the experience of five retiring members of the Council on Education, who will meet with the council and a moderator. The main topic is how to evaluate new models for teaching clinical sciences outside of a traditional veterinary teaching hospital.
The board approved an expenditure from the reserve fund for a new staff administrative position to help handle the growing workload in the Education and Research Division.