January 15, 2010

 
​EXECUTIVE BOARD COVERAGE

 Board takes actions in areas of research, education

posted January 1, 2010
 
 

The AVMA Executive Board considered a number of recommendations relevant to research and the education of veterinary students, foreign veterinary graduates, and veterinary technicians.

The recommendations came from the Council on Research, Council on Education, Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, and Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

The board approved the following items:

  • Providing up to $1,000 in travel funds for the COR chair or designee to represent the AVMA and American Veterinary Medical Foundation at the 2010 Merck-Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at the University of Georgia, Aug. 5-8.
  • Revising the AVMA policy on "Production Animal Disease and Food Safety Research" to clarify, update, and strengthen the policy.
  • Replacing the obsolete AVMA policy on "Promotion of Veterinary Research in the 21st Century" with the new "AVMA Policy to Promote Veterinary Medical Research and Discovery."
  • Sunsetting the AVMA Accreditation Standards Task Force, which was to review the COE Standards of Accreditation, because the work of the new North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium likely will have an impact on those standards.
  • Increasing the application fee for the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination, step three of the ECFVG certification program, by $5 per candidate every two years, starting with the first testing window of 2010.
  • Transferring fees for the Clinical Proficiency Examination, step four of the ECFVG certification program, paid by candidates who later withdraw for unauthorized reasons to the AVMA to defray overhead costs—but only if another candidate fills the examination position, ensuring that the CPE site receives compensation for administrative costs.
  • Changing Standard 7 of the CVTEA Standards of Accreditation, regarding admissions, to clarify and strengthen the standard and to add that programs must provide information on policies on the transfer of credits.
  • Changing Standard 8 of the CVTEA Standards of Accreditation, regarding students, to indicate that there must be a sufficient number of faculty to ensure student safety.
  • Changing Standard 9 of the CVTEA Standards of Accreditation, regarding faculty and staff, to clarify sections of the standard.