Fall - Winter 2022
The AAVMC’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) was founded in 2016 with the goal of promoting collaboration and fostering innovation on a worldwide scale to advance the quality of teaching and learning in veterinary medical education.
CIVME Initiatives
CIVME Grant Program
The CIVME grant program round for 2022/23 closed on 6th December. 

Applications will be reviewed by the council over the coming months and successful applicants will be notified and announced at the AAVMC annual meeting in Washington, DC next March.

The grant scheme continues to attract a large number of strong applications from across the globe. If you would like to consider making an application for next year's round please see details on our website here.

If you are looking for inspiration or ideas of the type of projects we find, we now have a number of successful projects which have been completed - you can find more details of the outcomes of these projects on our website here.
VetEd Africa 2022 Recap

The 1st Annual VetEd Africa recently hosted with the theme "Clinical Skills training and Assessment and One Health Education" was an excellent platform for peer learning and information sharing. The partnership between 2A2E-V, AAVMC's CIVME that enabled the holding of VetEd Africa will catalyze Africa’s efforts to foster learning and enable skills development among the veterinary students necessary for agricultural transformation as enshrined in Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want .
"VetEd Africa was the successful outcome of a twinning project between AU-IBAR and AAVMC. The comprehensive scientific programme was the result of contributions from and participation by all five regions of Africa, with a clear vision to harmonise and improve the quality of veterinary education on the continent. The inputs from five other continents added to the rich diversity and value of the programme. The programme focused on clinical veterinary training and assessment, being aspects identified by 2A2E-V as development priorities. Following VetEd Africa the 2A2E-V executive committee are not only appreciative of the contributions of every person who made VetEd Africa a success, but we are very optimistic about the future of our association and we are looking forward to VetEd Africa 2, to be held in Morocco in May 2023," says Deitmar Holm, Professor, University of Pretoria.
"Over 69 educators from across Africa and the world attended the event. The VetEd Africa 2022 programming focused on clinical skills, clinical assessment, and One Health. Dr. Regina Schoenfeld of the Journal for Veterinary Medical Education presented a session, Designing and publishing effective educational research in a resource-limited setting, as part of its outreach program" says Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, Chief Executive Officer, AAVMC.
The AAVMC’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education was honored to support the Association of African Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) inaugural VetEd Africa Symposium, November 1-3, 2022 in South Africa. 2A2E-V was founded five years ago and represents over 70 veterinary education establishments from five regions across the African continent.
Based on the success of this year’s program, 2A2E-V is preparing subsequent VetEd Africa programs. Please email civme@aavmc.org to learn more and to sign up for the CIVME newsletter.
CIVME Leadership Opportunities Available

Candidates Sought for CIVME Leadership Positions Representing Latin America/Caribbean, Australia/New Zealand, and the US/Canada (including Ross University, University of St. George, and St. Matthews University)

Council members serve a 3 year period on the council, this is a great opportunity to contribute to Veterinary education globally, to work with educators from across the world and to shape the work of this international AAVMC council.

Diversity in academic veterinary medicine is a core value for the AAVMC. We welcome and encourage the nomination, including self-nomination, of members of the AAVMC community from underrepresented and/or otherwise marginalized communities for open committee positions.

Alternate members serve for a three-year term and may be reappointed and/or may have an opportunity to assume the Core member role for their region. (Travel reimbursement for in-person meetings is only available to Core members).

Monthly meetings (Zoom): One hour, once a month. Optional meeting (in-person): CIVME meets once or twice a year in-person at the AAVMC Annual Conference in March and as part of regional engagement activities where possible.

Interested individuals are invited to submit a brief statement of interest (not to exceed 250 words) and a short CV or bio-sketch not to exceed 3 pages through the nomination portal.

For more information about the selection criteria and what is involved in the position, please contact CIVME Chair Jennifer Hammond (Jennifer.Hammond@Glasgow.ac.uk) or the core member for your region
Accreditation webinars planned

During 2023, CIVME is planning to provide a series of webinars focusing on the major veterinary accreditation frameworks, offering insights into the process of applying for accreditation and the expectations of the different accrediting bodies. Further details will be posted in the CIVME regional associates network and distributed through the regional council members. If you would like to note interest in attending one or more of these webinars, please contact civme@aavmc.org
AVMA Council on Education Launches Strategic Planning Project

The recent September 2022 meeting of the AVMA Council on Education (COE, the Council) saw the kickoff of the Council’s Strategic Planning Project.
Like many organizations over the last several years, the Council has focused on continued delivery of its mission under fluctuating pandemic conditions. In the case of the Council - quality oversight of veterinary medical education. One innovation borne of the pandemic was the development of the Emergency Conditions Policy. The policy provides the flexibility necessary for the Council to continue to fulfill its quality oversight mission during emergency conditions, such as pandemics or natural disasters, where the typical in-person operations of the Council may not be possible. The pandemic has similarly provided the opportunity for exploration of novel approaches to the delivery of education and the delivery of veterinary care. As we approach the third year of the pandemic, the Council is taking the opportunity to reflect, and consider how innovation in education, the profession, and in professional accreditation may be harnessed to best serve students, the public, the profession, and veterinary medical colleges and schools into the future.
The COE Strategic Planning Project is expected to span 12 – 18 months, and includes three key phases, an environmental scanning phase, a stakeholder phase, and a refining priorities and initiatives phase, with a 5-year strategic planning horizon. The project will be led by a Steering Committee, chaired by COE Vice-Chair Dr. Philip Kieffer, and supported by staff from both the AVMA and AAVMC. The Council and the Steering Committee look forward to opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the strategic planning process, and to provide feedback and insights to the Council regarding the future education, the future of the veterinary profession, and what fit-for-purpose veterinary accreditation looks like into the future. Details regarding dates for in-person and virtual opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the strategic planning process in 2023 will be shared in the coming months. In the interim, the Council welcomes your thoughts and insights in writing via email to coe@avma.org with Strategic Planning in the subject line. 
Upcoming Events

VetEd Down Under, Perth, Australia, 2.6.23 - 2.9.23

VetEd Down Under aims to promote veterinary education in the region through sharing of innovations, ideas and best practise in teaching and learning, within an open and welcoming atmosphere. Pre-and post-conference workshops allow further collective exploration of important issues in veterinary education. Learn more here.

The conference theme this year is (re)connecting. After a bruising few years, this theme celebrates (re)connecting with:
·      colleagues, community and culture
·      new and old ways of learning and teaching
·      sustainable and diverse futures
·      what’s really important in veterinary education

VetEd UK Edinburgh 7.5.23 - 7.7.23 Conference theme: Sustainable Veterinary Education
AAVMC Annual conference with Spotlight on Spectrum of Care Pedagogy Symposium March 9–11, 2023 at the Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC

AAVMC Veterinary Educator Collaborative, September 16-17, 2023 at Texas Tech University https://www.aavmc.org/news/conferences-meetings/
The VEC is the premier North American venue for veterinary educators to collaborate and share scholarly work and best practices in veterinary education.
Egypt - At Library of Matrouh, Matrouh, Egypt
Contact khalifa.eman@alexu.edu.eg for more information
Conference theme: Challenges in Veterinary Medicine: Difficulties and Solutions 12.25.22 - 12.26.22
Cat falling from height symposium  2.23.23 - 2.26.23

6th international poultry meat  3.1.23- 3.5.23                             

6th international health science and life congress 3.2.23 - 3.5.23 https://ihslc.mehmetakif.edu.tr/
Klivet 2023 international 11th spring symposium - 3.16.23 to 3.19.23       

AMEE (An International Association for Health Professions Education) conference Glasgow 8.26.23 - 8.30.23 https://amee.org/AMEE/AMEE/Conferences/AMEE_Glasgow_Landing.aspx
Conference theme: Inclusive Learning Environments to Transform the Future
News from the regions
New accreditation standards for the Australasian region

After an extensive consultation and review process, the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) is currently finalizing revised accreditation standards for veterinary education in the Australia and New Zealand region. These standards are also used in some schools in Asia. The review was initiated partly in response to the latest revision of the RCVS (UK) accreditation standards and methodology, which have been mostly mirrored in the new Australasian standards. For the first time, a list of AVBC Day One Competencies has been included; previously these referenced the RCVS D1Cs and an ‘Attributes of Veterinary Graduates’ statement. The latest draft of the new AVBC accreditation standards, and the newly developed Day One Competencies, are available at: https://avbc.asn.au/accreditation-standards-review/

WOAH Veterinary Education Twinning RVC-JUST Regional Curriculum Design Workshop

Time and place: Amman, Jordan. 13-15 Dec 2022.
Background to the workshop: The OIE Veterinary Education Twinning between The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) was initiated in January 2017 with overall aim of establishing a knowledge exchange platform to share best academic practice in the broad field of Veterinary Public Health between RVC and JUST. The project has among its objectives to facilitate and implement critical changes in the veterinary education curriculum in accordance to WOAH, EAEVE and other international recommendations. This workshop intends to share Jordan's experience and disseminate our findings concerning recent veterinary curriculum revisions that were undertaken in response to RVC experts' suggestions under the RVC-JUST twining project.
This is the second regional dissemination workshop- the first one was undertaken in Cairo-Egypt in 2018.

Participants from Veterinary Schools from Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine, and Lebanon have been invited to take part of the workshop and share their own curriculum to discuss potential adaptations adapt changes according to their needs. WOAH and CIVME representatives from MENA and Europe region were also invited.

Expansion of Veterinary Education in Ireland

The Higher Education Authority in Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from educational institutions to create additional spaces for students to study for qualifications in veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing. University College, Dublin is currently the only Irish Vet School and as spaces here are limited, many Irish students travel abroad to complete their studies, many to other areas of Europe including Poland and Hungary. The move follows a campaign by local Veterinary practitioners raising concerns about the lack of Irish-qualified vets graduating each year. It is hoped that a new School may be ready to open as early as September 2024.
The AAVMC is working hard to create a culture of diversity and inclusion in every dimension of academic veterinary medicine. To foster this goal, the photographs and illustrations which are used in our communications programs are aspirational, and do not necessarily reflect the levels of diversity and inclusion that currently exist.
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