July 15, 2001


 Board plans to further standardize evaluated clinical year of ECFVG program

Posted July 1, 2001

In June, the Executive Board authorized the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates to develop a means to ensure further standardization and reliability of postgraduate clinical experience for ECFVG candidates who complete an evaluated year at an AVMA-accredited or -approved college.

As the fourth and final step of the ECFVG process, candidates have the choice of completing an evaluated clinical year or taking a 3½-day examination.

The recommendation to initiate this course of action to ensure the standards of quality for the clinical experience came from AVMA president, Dr. James E. Nave and Executive Board member, Dr. Harmon A.Rogers (District XI). In session, board chairman, Dr. Jan E. Bartels (District III) called it "a commendable recommendation."

The AVMA is optimistic that taking this step will improve and further standardize the evaluated clinical experience for each ECFVG candidate.

AVMA leaders believe that, by taking two actions, it is possible to resolve some of the concerns expressed by critics of the ECFVG program. First is standardizing the ECFVG's clinical experience option. The second action the AVMA is considering is evaluating the ECFVG step three option—the new North American Veterinary Licensing Examination—to see whether it appropriately tests foreign graduates for the desired skills.