NAVMEC board adopts new roadmap for veterinary education
ST. LOUIS — Veterinary schools need to graduate veterinarians with real-world skills necessary to immediately contribute to practices or other areas of employment.
That is, perhaps, the over-arching theme that came from months of work on building a roadmap for the future of veterinary education.
Three themes are highlighted in the recommendations of the final North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC) report, approved July 17 by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' (AAVMC) Board of Directors.They are: ensuring that veterinarians are educated in certain core competencies and have knowledge in more than one area of veterinary medicine; that veterinary colleges work together to develop and deliver a curriculum that is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of society; and that there is a way to make sure the testing and accreditation process identifies a veterinarian's understanding of the core competencies.
The report, titled "Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible," was compiled over months of meetings that included input and review by all channels of the veterinary profession. It focuses on what needs to be done to provide veterinary medical school graduates with the core knowledge, skills and competencies they must have to satisfy "society's evolving needs."
The five main goals outlined in the report are to:
Core competencies are described in the report as: