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Academic Affairs : AVMA COE Competencies

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE)

The clinical competencies outlined by the AVMA COE in Accreditation Standard 11 are an integral part of the accreditation process for the College, and thus must be a component of our outcomes assessment plan. These have been mapped to our primary outcomes assessment framework, the UGA CVM Competency Goals. Outcomes assessment efforts focused on measuring student learning across the UGA CVM Competency Goals will be utilized to provide measures of our students’ achievement of the AVMA COE’s competencies:

Outcomes of the veterinary medical degree program must be measured, analyzed, and considered to improve the program. New graduates must have the basic scientific knowledge, skills, and values to provide entry-level health care, independently, at the time of graduation. Student achievement must be included in outcome assessment. Processes must be in place to remediate students who do not demonstrate competence in one or more of the nine competencies.

The college should have in place a system to gather outcomes data on recent graduates to ensure that the competencies and learning objectives in the program result in relevant entry level competencies.

The college must have processes in place whereby students are observed and assessed, with timely documentation to assure accuracy of the assessment for having attained each of the following competencies:

  1. comprehensive patient diagnosis (problem solving skills), appropriate use of diagnostic testing, and record management
  2. comprehensive treatment planning including patient referral when indicated
  3. anesthesia and pain management, patient welfare
  4. basic surgery skills and case management
  5. basic medicine skills and case management
  6. emergency and intensive care case management
  7. understanding of health promotion and biosecurity, prevention and control of disease including zoonoses, and principles of food safety
  8. ethical and professional conduct; communication skills including those that demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to how clients’ diversity and individual circumstance can impact health care
  9. critical analysis of new information and research findings relevant to veterinary medicine

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