AAVMC examines education of food systems veterinarians

Published on February 15, 2007
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"Veterinary Medical Education for Modern Food Systems" is appearing in the winter 2006 edition of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

The paper summarizes a recent workshop by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The full proceedings also appear in the journal.

The workshop focused on the changing nature of food production and the evolving role of veterinarians in modern food systems. Specific recommendations from the workshop include the following:
  • Organized veterinary medicine must articulate a clear vision of the future role of veterinary medicine in all aspects of modern food systems.
  • Veterinarians must become more actively engaged in ensuring the safety and security of food systems.
  • Veterinary medical colleges must work with all elements of modern food systems to better anticipate the needs, roles, and skills of food systems veterinarians of the future.
  • The education and preparation of food systems veterinarians must reflect their changing roles and must continue throughout their careers.
  • Veterinary medical colleges must aggressively recruit students with a high probability of success in food systems and encourage them throughout their educational experience.
  • Academic veterinary medicine must play a central role in providing the new knowledge our profession needs to serve our society.