With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, the AVMA Council on Education is looking to the future and considering implementing a new policy on “emergency conditions.”
The council is seeking public input on the proposal for a standing policy on emergency conditions, based on the COE’s existing COVID-19 policy. The proposal came out of a discussion during the COE’s August 30 – September 1 meeting regarding how the council could best continue fulfilling its mission if the COVID-19 situation persists in the medium term, or if a similarly disruptive situation occurs in the future.
The proposed emergency conditions policy would serve as a policy the COE could enact under specific emergency conditions, as designated by the council.
The COE is seeking feedback from stakeholders no later than Sunday, October 18, 2020, on the value of the policy:
- Whether it’s useful to stakeholders for the council to have an emergency conditions policy
- The specific details included in the draft policy
This feedback will inform whether or not the COE elects to include the policy, or an edited version of it, as a permanent appendix in the Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Council on Education.
Comments on the proposed new policy can be emailed to COEavma [dot] org (subject: Emergency%20Policy) , with “Emergency Policy” written in the subject line. All comments must be received before Monday, October 19, 2020.
COE revises COVID-19 policy
During its August 30 – September 1 meeting, the COE also reviewed and revised its COVID-19 policy, originally adopted in March 2020. The updated policy includes as an appendix the council’s policy for verification site visits, following virtual site visits. It also provides the option for the COE to conduct a virtual site visit for colleges with an accreditation status of Accredited.