Changes to Standards of Accreditation

Spring 2012

During its annual review of standards, the Council proposed changes to Standard 10, Research Programs and Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment. Those changes were forwarded (via e-mail) to the deans of accredited veterinary medical colleges and were posted on the AVMA website for public comment.

Proposed change to Standard 10, Research Programs
Following review and discussion of comments received concerning the proposed change to Standard 10, Research Programs, the Council approved a motion to revise the Standard as follows (additions are underscored, deletions struck):

Standard 10, Research Programs
The College shallmust maintain substantial research activities of high quality that integrate with and strengthen the professional program

Proposed change to Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment
Following review and discussion of comments received concerning the proposed change to Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment, the Council approved a motion to revise the Standard as follows (additions are underscored, deletions struck):

Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment
Outcomes assessment measures that address the college mission must be developed and implemented. Outcomes assessment results must be used to improve the college programs.Outcomes of the DVM program must be measured, analyzed, and considered to improve the program. Student achievement during the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum and after graduation must be included in outcome assessment. New graduates must have the basic scientific knowledge, skills, and values to provide entry-level health care, independently, at the time of graduation.

The school/college must develop relevant measures and provide evidence that graduating students have attained the following competencies:

  1. comprehensive patient diagnosis (problem solving skills), appropriate use of clinical laboratory testing, and record management
  2. comprehensive treatment planning including patient referral when indicated
  3. anesthesia and pain management, patient welfare
  4. basic surgery skills, experience, and case management
  5. basic medicine skills, experience and case management
  6. emergency and intensive care case management
  7. health promotion, disease prevention/biosecurity, zoonosis, and food safety
  8. client communications and ethical conduct
  9. critical analysis of new information and research findings relevant to veterinary medicine

 


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