I. ECFVG program news and recent changes
II. ECFVG spring meeting
III. ECFVG program statistics
IV. ECFVG fees for new candidates
ECFVG registration does not equal BCSE applicationNew Step 2 (English language assessment) requirementsBCSE sites go international in 2009BCSE rescheduling policyCPE application process and timeline explainedPolicies and procedures to assist candidatesNominations needed for vacant ECFVG positionsContacting the ECFVG office
Potential candidates please note: ECFVG program registration does not automatically result in application for the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE). To be eligible to apply for the BCSE (ECFVG Step 3), a candidate MUST first register in the certification program and complete ECFVG Step 2 (English language assessment). Only then will a candidate receive a BCSE application, which outlines the fees and application process. Candidates CANNOT apply for the BCSE without a BCSE application.
Candidates MUST plan accordingly and submit all program registration materials and proof of completion of ECFVG Step 2 well ahead of—at least 6 weeks prior to—the BCSE application deadline.
The 2009 BCSE testing windows and corresponding BCSE application deadlines are:
2010 BCSE testing windows and BCSE application deadlines will be finalized later this year and reported in the July/August 2009 ECFVG News Update. Questions regarding the BCSE should be directed to the Testing Coordinator.
On the basis of a standard setting exercise conducted in June 2008, the ECFVG has determined new minimum requirements for the iB-TOEFL. Between December 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, the Commission will accept iB-TOEFL score reports that meet EITHER the old or new requirements. Effective July 1, 2009, the ECFVG will accept ONLY score reports that meet the new iB-TOEFL requirements.
The new minimum requirements for the iB-TOEFL are: 25 in listening, 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, and 23 in reading; no minimum overall score is required. Candidates MUST achieve at least the minimum passing scores for each of the four sections of the internet-based TOEFL, with section scores accepted from separate internet-based TOEFL exam administrations conducted over a two-year period.
The old minimum requirements for the iB-TOEFL are as follows: 80 overall, with at least a 26 in listening, a 17 in writing, and a 26 in speaking. The ECFVG CANNOT accept section scores from separate iB-TOEFL exam administrations; candidates MUST achieve at least the minimum overall passing score and minimum passing scores for the three required sections of the iB-TOEFL on the same exam administration.
These changes are only for the iB-TOEFL. The IELTS and CAEL assessment requirements have not changed.
Complete Step 2 information is available at: https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Foreign/Pages/ECFVG-pp-steps.aspx#step2. Questions regarding Step 2 should be directed to the ECFVG Coordinator.
Beginning with the May 2009 administration, the BCSE will be offered at Prometric test centers in a number of different countries. Additional fees will apply for scheduling at centers outside the US, US territories, or Canada as follows (for 2009):
*Additional fee MUST be paid by the ECFVG candidate directly to Prometric at the time the candidate schedules his/her testing appointment.
The ECFVG does allow rescheduling, but NOT cancelling, a testing appointment within the same window once one has been made. Rescheduling a testing appointment must be done through Prometric (not the ECFVG office) at www.prometric.com/AVMA or, during regular weekday business hours, 800-864-5312; ext 4510, and the following fees apply for 2009:
Candidates who schedule or reschedule an appointment and then do not keep that appointment will be required to reapply for the examination and pay all applicable fees. Only in extreme hardship situations (eg, documented medical condition of the candidate or death in the immediate family) will cancelled examinations (ie, no shows) be rescheduled to a later test window without forfeiture of all fees. The ECFVG will make determinations of exceptions allowed.
The ECFVG office receives numerous inquiries regarding CPE application status. The following explains the CPE request and application process and may alleviate the need for repeated phone and E-mail inquiries as to an individual's application status:
GENERAL REQUEST AND APPLICATION PROCESS
REQUESTS FOR CPE APPLICATIONS WITH APPROPRIATE FEES
COMPLETED CPE APPLICATIONS WITH APPROPRIATE FEES
Candidates—please note that depending on when your request or completed application was received in the ECFVG office, you will receive your CPE application or confirmation of your CPE date two to six weeks later. In the meantime, please refrain from making repeated telephone or E-mail inquiries to the Testing Coordinator to check on your CPE request or application status; otherwise, processing delays may result. Thank you for your consideration.
The ECFVG has established policies and procedures designed to assist candidates with navigating through the certification program—including the recently updated Appeal Procedure; the Complaints Procedure; ECFVG step-specific requirements and processes; and release of information policy. The Commission urges all registered and potential candidates to familiarize themselves with certification program policies by reviewing the entire ECFVG Policies and Procedures Manual, available online at https://www.avma.org/professionaldevelopment/education/foreign/pages/ecfvg-pp-toc.aspx. Questions regarding certification program policies should be directed to the ECFVG Coordinator (800-248-2862, ext 6623).
The ECFVG will have several vacancies for multi-year terms beginning July 2009. The nomination deadline is May 1. The Commission encourages interested individuals to review nomination requirements at https://www.avma.org/Members/Volunteer/Pages/default.aspx. Questions regarding responsibilities of Commission members can be addressed to any of the current members.
The ECFVG office receives numerous phone call and E-mail inquiries on a daily basis. To ensure equal access to ECFVG staff members and timely processing of all candidate requests, inquiries are answered in order of receipt and in accordance with the nature of the inquiry as follows:
Please be mindful of these processing times to ensure you will be able to meet any application deadlines and to decrease the number of repeat inquiries to the ECFVG office regarding status of requests. Thank you for your consideration.
The spring ECFVG meeting will be April 17-18, 2009 at AVMA Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL. Dr. James Corte, representing clinical practitioners holding an ECFVG certificate, will serve as the ECFVG Chair and Dr. Phil Nelson, representing the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, will serve as Vice Chair.
From January 1 through December 31, 2008, 414 new candidates registered in the ECFVG program. During that same time, 292 candidates completed the program and were awarded ECFVG certificates. Thirty-eight percent of those awarded certificates are native-born citizens of the United States and 62% are native-born citizens of other countries. Total number of certificates awarded since 1965 exceeds 4,500.
Between January 1 and March 30, 2009, 133 new candidates have registered in the ECFVG program, and 40 candidates were awarded ECFVG certificates.
Enrollment for two full years: $275One time ECFVG Quality Assurance Program (QAP): $725
Re-enrollment for each subsequent two year period: $100.00
iB-TOEFL: $150 (USD if taken in the USA)CAEL Assessment: $160 (CDN; offered in Canada only)IELTS: $170 (USD if taken in the USA)
Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE): $75; additional fees apply for international testing centers
CPE: $5,000 plus airfare to site, lodging, and meals.