The much-anticipated draft report of the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium has been completed, and it is now available for public review and comment.
NAVMEC is an effort led by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges that focuses on creating a workforce of future veterinarians who are ready to address some of society's greatest needs. About 200 stakeholders brainstormed and discussed ideas at three national meetings held last year (see JAVMA, Nov. 1, 2010, page 1007).
Taking into account what happened at the meetings, the NAVMEC board of directors compiled a draft report and recommendations titled "Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible."
According to an AAVMC press release, the draft report stresses the need to research the most effective teaching models. It offers a thorough analysis of ways to share educational resources and best practices across institutions. The document also encourages the development of core competencies—which include strong cross-species clinical skills, technologic adeptness, and increased leadership in food safety, zoonoses, and animal welfare as well as nontechnical skills related to interpersonal communication, efficient operation of a business, understanding and acceptance of all societal diversities, and collaboration within a health care team. Plus, the report recommends making admissions requirements and the curriculum competency driven and time efficient.
The AAVMC board of directors unanimously voted during its Oct. 31 meeting to receive the document and to solicit feedback from stakeholders on the findings and recommendations in the draft.
The draft report and recommendations can be found at www.navmec.org. The website also links to a form where feedback can be submitted via multiple-choice and comment sections. All feedback is anonymous; however, participants are asked to consider filling out a demographic questionnaire.
In addition, the draft report and recommendations will be presented for discussion at national veterinary meetings through February. One of those discussions will take place during the North American Veterinary Conference from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, in Sun Ballroom #1 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Another discussion will be held at the Western Veterinary Conference from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Lagoon K/L on Convention Center Level 2 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
After the comment period is over at the end of February, the NAVMEC board of directors will review the feedback and revise the report and recommendations accordingly. A final draft will be submitted to the AAVMC board of directors at its meeting March 11 during the AAVMC annual conference in Alexandria, Va.