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Academic Affairs : UGA CVM Competency Goals

UGA CVM Competency Goals

The overall outcomes assessment strategy in the UGA CVM is competency-based and centered on the UGA CVM Competency Goals, which are derived from the AAVMC Academic Affairs Domains of Competency Statement (08Mar17, Washington, DC).

AAVMC Domains of Competency

The Academic Affairs Committee of the AAVMC has developed a set of competency domains (08Mar 2017) intended to serve as a global competency framework for veterinary education. These serve as the basis for the following 8 UGA CVM Competency Goals, which form the foundation for the outcomes assessment strategy for the Office of Academic Affairs of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

UGA CVM Competency Goals:

  1. Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving to arrive at justifiable, evidence-based decisions, using an inferential process that considers animal needs, client needs, social context, and available resources.
  2. Individual Animal Care and Management: Students will be able to perform preventive, diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures for the health, wellness, and treatment of animals, appropriate to the context and life stage of the animal.
  3. Animal Population Care and Management: Students will be able to design and implement programs in disease prevention and control to improve the health, well-being and productivity of animal populations.
  4. Public Health: Students will be able to promote the health and safety of people by responding to issues at the interface of animals, human beings, and the environment utilizing comparative medicine and a global perspective with sensitivity to local cultures and the context of the issue.
  5. Communication and Collaboration: Students will effectively communicate with diverse clients, colleagues, other healthcare professionals, and the public to promote animal, human, and environmental health and, in doing so, will demonstrate skills as a leader and team member to improve outcomes and reduce errors.
  6. Professionalism and Professional Identity: Students will be able to demonstrate ethical reasoning and behaviors that are expected of a veterinarian, engaging in reflective practice and self-regulation, and attending to professional development and personal wellness.
  7. Financial and Practice Management: Students will be able to utilize business acumen to manage professional and personal decisions, comply with legal and regulatory requirements and ensure safety of the workplace.
  8. Scholarship: Students will be able to demonstrate systematic identification, evaluation, integration, and adaption of evidence to formulate a question, investigate a problem, and educate others.

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