Public comment on proposal due July 1
The AVMA Council on Education (AVMA COE) is seeking public comment on a proposal to require accredited veterinary medical schools to include dentistry training as part of their curriculum.
The council has proposed the following addition (underlined text) within its requirements for veterinary school curricula:
Instruction in both the theory and practice of medicine and surgery applicable to a broad range of species. The instruction must include principles and hands-on experiences in physical and laboratory diagnostic methods and interpretation (including diagnostic imaging, diagnostic pathology, and necropsy), disease prevention, biosecurity, therapeutic intervention (including surgery and dentistry), and patient management and care (including intensive care, emergency medicine and isolation procedures) involving clinical diseases of individual animals and populations. Instruction should emphasize problem solving that results in making and applying medical judgments.
“Dentistry is an integral part of veterinary medical practice and is a crucial component for the health and welfare of multiple animal species,” the council said in its explanation for the proposed change to educational Standard 9 – Curriculum. “It is essential that students are trained in dentistry.”
The complete text of Standard 9 – Curriculum, including the proposed change, can be viewed in the accreditation section of avma.org.
Comments on the proposed change must be submitted by email to agondaAVMA [dot] org (subject: Standard%209%20Curriculum) (agonda[at]AVMA[dot]org) no later than July 1, 2020. The email subject line should say: Standard 9 Curriculum.
During its March 21-23, 2020, meeting, the AVMA Council on Education made accreditation decisions on four veterinary medical colleges based on evaluation reports from a comprehensive site visit to each school:
- Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Accredited with minor deficiency:
- Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
- Université de Montréal Faculté de medicine vétérinaire
The educational accreditation section of the AVMA website has additional details and notice of all COE accreditation actions.
The next AVMA COE meeting will take place August 30 - September 1, 2020.