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Primary Care Veterinary Educators’ Symposium

Primary Care Veterinary Educators’ Symposium

Thu, October 20, 2016 - Sun, October 23, 2016

The annual symposium, co-hosted by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine offers presentations and networking opportunities designed to help primary care educators generate new ideas and develop more effective educational strategies. Topics will include presentations on what is happening at a number of colleges in the area of primary care veterinary education, clinical teaching tools, a clinical assessment workshop, a Swap Shop designed for sharing best teaching practices, innovations and overcoming challenges, accessible veterinary care in a primary care setting, and much, much more. –

About PCVE

The AAVMC's Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) subcommittee’s mission is to advance and inspire primary care veterinary education in order to prepare students for professional excellence in primary care veterinary medicine.

The goals of the PCVE subcommittee are to enhance primary care education programs at colleges of veterinary medicine, develop exceptional primary care educators, preparing career-ready veterinarians, and creating opportunities for collaboration between primary care veterinary educators and the profession.

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Registration by October 1st is required to attend.

The event will take place at the Athens Merial Limited facility and at the Veterinary Education Center, located next to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 2200 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30602

Event Agenda

  • Thursday October 20th
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception (Dr. Ira Roth’s Home)
  • Friday October 21st
    • 7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast (Holiday Inn)
    • 8:00 am – 8:30 am Shuttle to Merial Facility
    • 8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcomes
    • 8:45 am – 10:00 am Primary Care Program Presentations
      • Mississippi State
      • Kansas State
    • 10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break
    • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Putting well-being into practice: Knowledge and skills for the Primary Care Veterinary Educator (Dr. Elizabeth Strand)
      • Based on review of current research, this presentation will describe the constellation of factors that may create poor wellness in veterinary medical students.  From a brain based perspective, attendees will gain insight into understanding student readiness for clinical learning and tasks for promoting that readiness.  Skills such as assessing brain-state, creating rotation “norms,” creating a playful and focused teaching environment, and promoting higher order emotions, will be discussed and experienced. Lastly developing a vision for one’s personal values as a teacher and role model for excellent well being will be facilitated. 
    • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
    • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Partners for Healthy Pets Update
    • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Swap Shop
      • This session provides participants with an informal environment to share ideas and discuss best practices on a variety of prepared and spontaneous topics in relation to primary care veterinary education.
    • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Shuttle back to Holiday Inn
    • 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Reception and Dinner (South Kitchen and Bar)
  • Saturday October 22nd
    • 7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast (Holiday Inn)
    • 8:00 am – 8:30 am Shuttle to Veterinary Education Center, University of Georgia CVM
    • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Primary Care Program Presentations Continued
      • Washington State
      • University of Edinburgh
    • 9:30 am – 10:00 am Coffee Break
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Clinical Teaching Tools Carousel (Industry Partners)
    • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
    • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm ADA Competency Working Group Update
    • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Work-Based Assessment and Feedback Workshop (Dr. Emma Read)
      • Many of us use end-of-rotation written reports for evaluating our students. Recent studies has shown that narrative comments used in written reports tend to have a “hidden code” within institutions and learners begin to “read between the lines” to determine the true meaning of the comments. Learn what is being discovered using linguistics and politeness theories, and how that might apply in your written feedback. What are you saying in reports to students that you don’t realize?
      • In addition, as competency-based education becomes more utilized in veterinary medicine there is a push to evaluate students in a more holistic manner. Evaluation needs to focus on tasks, skills and the student’s ability to put all those things together to achieve clinical activities. Learn what kind of assessments are available in the workplace setting and how they are used. Practice writing your own entrustable professional activities and milestones for your learners.
    • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Coffee Break
    • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Work-Based Assessment and Feedback Workshop Continued
    • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Tour
    • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Shuttle back to Holiday Inn
    • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner (Holiday Inn)
  • Sunday October 23rd
    • 7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast (Holiday Inn)
    • 8:00 am – 8:30 am Shuttle to Veterinary Education Center, University of Georgia CVM
    • 8:30 am – 9:00 am What does accessible care have to do with Primary Care Education?
      • While many PCVE members are aware of member institutions that have incorporated aspects of accessible veterinary care into their primary care training programs, many faculty may not be aware of the growing sector of community based veterinary medicine. In this brief overview, results of resent research investigating the views of primary care educators towards access to care will be presented, as well as research examining existing models of care delivery across the United States.
    • 9:00 am – 10:30 am The Social Context and Framework of Veterinary General Practice
      • One Health. Inter professional collaboration. Cultural competency. Access to care. Buzzwords abound when we talk on the surface about veterinary medicine and our mission of graduating students to be well-rounded practitioners.  But how do all of these ideas really fit into the narrative? Is there just one narrative? How does general practice fit into the future of a shifting societal and professional landscape?
      • Using lessons from human healthcare, social work, public health, and veterinary medicine, we will explore the framework through which we practice medicine and dig into the context in which veterinarians exist in the lives of our clients, patients, and communities. Looking outside of the profession allows a very different picture to be painted – and a different lens through which to grapple with some of the most challenging questions facing veterinary medical practitioners today.
    • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Panel Discussion
      • What are models for incorporating accessible care into a primary care teaching program? How are these models funded? What can primary care students gain that benefits the rest of their education? What makes a program a good fit for a particular institution or service area?
    • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Symposium Wrap-Up and Departures

Event Fees

One primary participant may attend from each University. Additional participants must register as secondary participants.

As a Primary Participant of one of the approved Universities listed above, your complimentary registration includes conference materials and participation, a welcome reception on Thursday night, continental breakfast and breaks Friday-Sunday, lunch on Friday-Sunday, and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. As a Primary Participant, a $750 travel subsidy will be provided for your travel to/from Athens, GA. The travel subsidy will be coordinated through AAVMC. One college-designated representative from each AAVMC member veterinary college will be provided registration, accommodation and travel of up to $750 (e.g. airfare, shuttle) to attend the meeting. If you are the primary participant representative from your institution, please save all travel receipts and submit them with your name and mailing address electronically (originals are not required) for reimbursement to Andrew Zoeller (  Your hotel accommodations are complimentary and will be reserved for you with a check-in of Thursday, October 21, 2016 and a check-out of Sunday, October 23, 2016.  Please make sure to indicate on your registration if these check-in/check-out dates need to be changed.

Secondary Participant Registration: If the Primary Participant for your University has already been registered from one of the approved Universities, or you are registering from another University, you must register as a Secondary Participant. The registration fee for Secondary Participants is $300.00. Your registration fee includes: conference materials and participation, a welcome reception on Thursday night, and breaks Friday-Sunday, lunch on Friday-Sunday, and dinner on Friday evening and Saturday.

Breakfast is included with the daily room fee at the Holiday Inn for all participants.

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Ira G. Roth DVM

University of Georgia

Christine Bryan DVM

Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine

Jason Coe, DVM, PhD

Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph

Contact Information

Contact: Ira G. Roth
Phone: 229-894-2094

Event Location

Map to event

Driving Directions

Directions:  The Thursday evening social will be at Ira and Julie Roth’s house at 595 Hill St.  A shuttle will provide transportation from the Holiday Inn hotel.  The symposium event on Friday, October 21 will be at the Merial Limited facility in Athens Ga.  The symposium events for Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23rd will take place at the Veterinary Education Center, located next to the hospital at 2200 College Station Road, Athens GA 30602.  Bus service will be provided to all symposium sessions

Event Hotels

The Holiday Inn of Athens is our host hotel.  Registration for hotel rooms can be made by clicking here.  Please use the group code AAV.

Shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Hartsfield airport can be booked through Groome transportation:

Friday night’s dinner is at the Georgian Ballroom at South Kitchen + Bar, 247 E. Washington St, Athens GA 30601.  The restaurant is within walking distance to the hotel.

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