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NAVMEC and the Future of Veterinary Medicine


NAVMEC vision: Educate valued and valuable veterinarians for the 21st Century

The "Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible” report and recommendations plan produced as a result of the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium was one of the comprehensive and profound change processes in the history of the profession.

Sponsored by major organizations and corporations in the profession and involving the work of hundreds of stakeholders, the process sought to create a vision and a working plan for veterinary education that would strengthen the profession and help it rise to the levels of performance required by 21st century society.  Conceived in 2009, the program held three major meetings in Las Vegas and Kansas City in 2010 involving 400 thought-leaders. 

A key part of the plan was to involve academic veterinary medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education and the National Board of Veterinary License Examiners in a unified process that would embed the recommended changes in the accreditation and professional licensing programs, thereby ensuring the long- tern viability of the recommended changes.  The nine-member board consisted of three members from academia, three from accreditation, and three from testing/licensure.

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