National Workshop on Core Competencies for Success in the Veterinary Profession

James W. Lloyd, Lonnie J. King, Jeffrey S. Klausner, Donna Harris

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A workshop was designed to (1 ) present results of the Core Competencies for Veterinary Medicine project conducted by Personnel Decisions International (PDI); (2) discuss and analyze the Implications of the PDI study results for academia, private practice, and Industry; (3) identify actionable items - discuss opportunities and barriers; and (4) develop appropriate recommendations - devise specific actions for implementation as next steps. In total, 25 veterinary colleges were represented at the workshop and a total of 110 attendees participated, achieving a broad cross-section of the veterinary profession (both academic and non-academic). Through an orchestrated combination of general sessions and facilitated, small group discussions, prioritized recommendations for implementation and initial action plans for next steps were developed. Recommendations Included publicizing results of the PDI study, reconsidering current admissions policies and processes, evaluating the applicant pool and current recruitment programs, developing structured mentoring programs, enhancing DVM/VMD training programs, coordinating the development of continuing education programs, and overcoming existing barriers to change. Next steps should involve collaborative efforts across all sectors of the veterinary profession to develop plans for implementing the workshop's recommendations. Leadership for follow-up might reasonably come from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), either individually or collectively through the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI). Partnerships with industry are also possible and should be strongly considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003


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