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A diverse representation of veterinary organizations and individuals completed three days of meetings May 1, 2010 in Kansas City to examine current educational models and create new, enhanced versions for educating veterinarians of the future. The models examined by participants included eight programs that are currently in practice around the globe and one new concept. The meeting was the second of three national meetings, part of a year-long effort to chart the course for the future of veterinary medical education. The first meeting was held earlier this year in Las Vegas. The North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium, or NAVMEC, was launched by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) in collaboration with its partners in 2009 to ensure that veterinary medical education meets the changing needs of society.

“NAVMEC is the first project ever to bring experts from all areas of the veterinary field, including representatives from veterinary medical education curriculum development, accreditation, testing and licensure together to promote comprehensive, meaningful change in the education system,” said Mary Beth Leininger, DVM. “Our meeting in Kansas City included a full day of thought-provoking presentations about existing education innovations from within veterinary and human medicine as well as dentistry. The goal was to learn important curriculum and delivery options that could be integrated to assure that future veterinarians are well prepared to serve society while being adequately rewarded for their work.”

Educational models from eight different schools, as well as a newly created conceptual model, were studied at the meeting. Attendees were divided into teams that were tasked with evaluating, deconstructing and then reconstructing veterinary medical education models to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

Representing the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine at the meeting were Dr. Ron Cott, director of development and associate dean of student and alumni affairs; Dr. John Dodam, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery; and veterinary medicine students Abby Whiting and Kelvin Urday. Dr. Craig Datz, an assistant teaching professor at the CVM, also attended on behalf of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Dean Bennie Osburn, DVM, Ph.D., University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and chairman of the NAVMEC Board of Directors, acknowledged numerous requests made by NAVMEC participants that the consortium identify a plan to implement the recommendations that result from the three national meetings. He announced that the NAVMEC Board decided to include a recommendation on implementation in the consortium’s final report that will be submitted to the AAVMC Board of Directors.

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