Can you help? Volunteers needed for test development

Published on January 10, 2017
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VolunteerOpenings_TwitterThe Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), which oversees the certification of foreign veterinary graduates who wish to become licensed veterinarians in the United States, is seeking volunteers to participate in test development workshops in May and July. The workshops are part of the process used to develop the Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam (BCSE), a computer-based, multiple-choice examination required as one of four steps in the ECFVG certification process.

The Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam combines basic science questions and clinical questions in all animal species. Volunteers are needed to participate in an item writing workshop May 12-14 and an item review workshop July 28-30. Both sessions will be held at the AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. Travel expenses for participants will be reimbursed by the AVMA. Volunteers must apply by February 28.

Workshop participants must hold a DVM/VMD or equivalent degree; be actively working in or recently retired (within five years) from the veterinary profession; and during their employment in the veterinary profession must have interacted with new graduates (within two years) from veterinary schools accredited by the AVMA Council on Education.

If you’re interested in volunteering to take part in one of these workshops, email all of the following information by February 28 rcookatavma [dot] org (to Robert Cook):  full name; email address; phone number; brief description (fewer than 25 words) of your background experience or expertise, including your current position; species and/or discipline of interest; and your veterinary college and year of graduation.

More details about the workshops can be found with other AVMA volunteering opportunities on the AVMA website. We also encourage you to learn more about the ECFVG program, and the Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam.