ECFVG/PAVE recommendations approved

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The Executive Board approved holding a second two-day meeting between three members each of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates and the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence Board. The meeting, which will be public, will be held in Philadelphia to hear stakeholder viewpoints on the potential establishment of an independent educational equivalency program for graduates of nonaccredited veterinary colleges.

During the first meeting, held Feb. 1-2, 2003, the six representatives reviewed the philosophies and processes of the ECFVG program and the PAVE. They also analyzed the educational equivalency assessment programs for the medical and dental professions.

At the second meeting, the representatives will serve as a moderator panel, providing and receiving input from stakeholder groups. Each stakeholder will provide a one-page summary of comments and be given an opportunity to provide an oral report. The moderators will then incorporate information from the meeting into a formal report and make recommendations to the AVMA Executive Board and American Association of Veterinary State Boards Executive Committee.

The second action the Executive Board approved was for the ECFVG/PAVE Board representatives to consult with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and their legal counsel, or other independent legal counsel who are knowledgeable about creating an independent educational equivalency program. The representatives believe they can glean insight from these individuals and plan to invite them to serve as panel members for the second meeting. In fact, this is one of the reasons the meeting is in Philadelphia—it is home to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.