CIVME’s goals are congruent with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which lists 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) structured upon an urgent call for action by developing and developed countries working together in a global partnership. These goals call for an end to hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, clean water, economic growth and responsible consumption and production. Veterinary medical professionals have a large role to play in many of these.
CIVME comprises representatives from eight major global regions (Australasia, North America, Central/South America, Continental Europe, UK/Ireland, Middle East, Africa and Asia).
Feedback at the end of the workshop was very positive with comments including “After the workshop I’m confident and determined to establish our vet skills lab.” At CVASU students are now being taught a range of skills in their new lab. A follow-up survey will be sent to all delegates later this year to gather further feedback and identify ways to provide ongoing help and support.
In the skills laboratory, dummy models and simulators are used for teaching various clinical skills. The students in the preclinical years (second and third bachelor year) start with practicing basic skills such as handling animals, laboratory techniques, administering injections, surgical preparation, suturing and basic clinical examination. The clinical students (first and second master year) progress over the years to perform more complex procedures on simulators such as intubation or neutering. Both high fidelity and home-made low fidelity models are used. The skills laboratory is an essential part of the courses ‘Clinical and communicative skills,' which were introduced in the curriculum in the academic year 2016-2017. As the courses are spread over four years of training, the skills laboratory is used by approximately 1000 students every year.
Flipped classroom teaching is an essential part of the skills laboratory training at Ghent University. The flipped classroom approach was chosen to maximize the active learning experience in the skills laboratory, as the available time and personnel in the skills laboratory are limited. Students prepare themselves before each practical session using online ‘learning paths’, including text, pictures, videos and a compulsory pre-class quiz.
Annelies is also responsible for the new communication skills training program, which includes both theoretical classes as well as many practical exercises including peer-to-peer role play, video analysis and role play using volunteers as simulated clients. In parallel with the introduction of communication skills in the veterinary curriculum at Ghent University, she is also developing a full line of research in veterinary communication.
She recently collaborated with colleagues of the Helsinki University of Veterinary Medicine in a project that aimed to compare the Quality Assurance’s role in the two countries Higher Education programmes, under the common EAEVE framework.
Since 2018, Dr. Forni has taken part in a project, funded by the University of Bologna, about the implementation of the “Formative Educational Evaluation model” within the context of higher education, in order to promote teaching quality in the veterinary medical curriculum.
Considering the lack of specific programmes in educational research design and assessment for Italian teachers, she is strongly interested in building a national network to improve learning, teaching and assessment practices within the Italian veterinary schools.
Locally, Dr. Forni has been member of the University of Bologna’s Quality Assurance Board (2016-2018) and leads the Veterinary School’s Educational Committee. This Committee is the agorà in which teachers and students can discuss results obtained and plan further adjustments in order to improve their teaching and learning environment.
In the field of middle education, he has had an outstanding performance as a teacher and Director of the Agricultural High School. He also served as Assistant Director of Agricultural Education in the Province of Buenos Aires. He was recently designated a member of the Academic Superior Council of the first Pre-University College of the UBA in the Province of Buenos Aires. In the university area, he has worked in various positions related to the teaching career: he initially worked as Assistant in the Swine Production Area of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the UBA; reaching later the position of Associate Professor that he currently occupies.
He also served as Professor of the Seminar of Health and Sanitation in Agricultural Development in the Specialization Course in Agricultural Education of the Pedagogical University of Buenos Aires (UNIPE). He has also been a Guest Professor in different national and international universities; as well as in various areas of government and the private sector related to his specialty. He has directed numerous projects of university extension: his outstanding contributions to the community gave him the “Guest of Honor” title from the Pilar Party, of Ciudad de Lobos y de Mercedes, Province of Buenos Aires. He has a distinguished career in elective positions in the government of the University of Buenos Aires: member of the Board of Directors of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, was a Member of the Superior Council of the University and member of various committees.
He has had a profuse performance in university management: has been Secretary of Student Affairs of the FCV-UBA, Secretary of Student Wellness (FCV-UBA), Secretary of University Extension (FCV-UBA) and Vice-Dean of the FCV-UBA. In 2006, he served as Dean of the Faculty of the FCV-UBA (period 2006 - 2009), being elected Dean in the periods 2010 - 2014 and 2014 - 2018. During his tenure, the Veterinary career was accredited for the first time by the National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation-CONEAU-(2008) by the largest period (six years), and by the Regional University Career Accreditation System for the MERCOSUR and Associated States-ARCU-SUR.
Currently he performs as Executive Coordinator of the Unity of Promotion of Quality of the University of Buenos Aires, designated by Resolution of the Superior Council of the UBA.
He has been author on numerous publications, of which stand:
- Mercosur y ganado porcino: perspectivas. En el libro Producción porcina: aspectos claves.
Coordinador: Carlos Buxadé Carbó. Ediciones Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, 1o edición. 19972da
- Sistema de Orientación y Tutorías Académicas Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias UBA.
MIGUEZ, Marcelo; VACCARO, Mariana; CHECCHIA, Beatriz; GRINSZTAJN, Fabiana; BARBONI, Ana María. Editorial EUDEBA. ISBN 978-950-23-1794-6, Buenos Aires, Abril de 2011.
- La Evaluación Universitaria. Re exiones teóricas y experiencias a nivel internacional y nacional. Capítulo: La autoevaluación como instrumento de gestión. MIGUEZ, M. Compiladora: María Catalina NOSIGLIA. Editorial EUDEBA. ISBN 978-950-23-2126-4, Buenos Aires, Abril de 2013.
- Evaluación y Compromiso Institucional. En pos de la mejora continua. MIGUEZ, Marcelo; CHECCHIA, Beatriz; VACCARO, Mariana; CETICA, Pablo; GRINSZTAJN, Fabiana. Editorial EUDEBA. ISBN978-950-23-2248-3, BuenoWs Aires, marzo de 2014.
- Prácticas Profesionales Supervisadas. Experiencias, Re exiones y Desafíos. MIGUEZ Marcelo y FAVILLI Graciela (Compiladores) ISBN 978-987-42-8941-4. Buenos Aires, julio de 2018.
He has an extensive path in training human resources; as a member and director of thesis of specialization and master’s degrees; different research projects, among those related to the improvement of swine production stand out; the “Strategic Alimentary Plan and Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (Argentina 2020)” and projects linked to the improvement of Quality in the University.
Has participated in congresses, seminaries and national and international journeys as speaker, presenting papers and main lectures.
In the field of public argentine management, has been President of the National Service for Agro-alimentary Health and Quality-SENASA-(2011-2013).
In the academic international field, he was President of the National Dean Council of Veterinary Sciences- CONADEV- (2007-2012), President of the Association of Schools and Faculties of Veterinary Sciences of the Mercosur and associated countries (2011-2014), and President of the Pan-American Federation of Schools and Faculties of Veterinary Sciences (2016-2018).
Has been recently designated Regional Representative of Argentina of the “Council for International Veterinary Medicine Education”-CIVME (2018-2021).
Dr. Wouk was concomitantly appointed as Dean of the Veterinary School at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil as a Full Professor from 1998 to 2010. In a career of 34 years at the Federal University of Paraná, he was subsequently promoted to Full Professor and Dean before retirement in 2015. Dr. Wouk currently works as Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology at The Qualittas Institute of Graduate Studies in São Paulo, Brazil.
In the past twenty years, Dr. Wouk has also focused on veterinary medical education outside academia, participating in several different scenarios. At the Brazilian Ministry of Education as an educational consultant for veterinary undergraduate and graduate affairs, including the first national guidelines for veterinary education in Brazil. At the international accreditation process, including the guidelines for the Official Transnational Accreditation process in South America, the ARCU-SUR system. At the Brazilian Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine (CFMV, National Veterinary Statutory Body), for six years, as member of The National Residency Commission and President of The National Educational Commission, he was responsible for the future national guidelines for the veterinary education and the guide for teaching humanistic competencies in veterinary programs. He also served as CFMV General Secretary for a three-year period. At the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) he was involved in the organization of the World Veterinary Year in 2011 and the Global Conference on Veterinary Education and the Role of the Veterinary Statutory Body in 2013 in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil. In addition, Dr. Wouk participated at the OIE as ad hoc member of the Veterinary Education commission contributing for The Day One Competencies and Core Curriculum, and ad hoc member of The Educational Commission from the Regional Council of Veterinary Medicine of Paraná, Brazil. Finally, he has participated as a member of the Pan-American Council for Veterinary Education (PANVET-COPEVET).
Dr. Wouk has participated as organizer, lecturer and attendee in more than forty conferences of veterinary education and educational accreditation systems in Brazil and abroad, participating also in more than fifty undergraduate accreditation processes in Brazil, South America and Europe. Dr. Wouk is a triple-diplomate, board certified by the BCVS (Brazilian College of Veterinary Surgery), the BCVO (Brazilian College of Veterinary Ophthalmology) and the LACVO (Latin-American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology).
He has published over 65 refereed original research papers, reviews and textbook chapters, presenting over 90 papers at national and international scientific meetings, including presentations at the OIE Global Conferences on Veterinary Education.
His recent research interest has included veterinary medical education and accreditation systems for veterinary programs, institutions and personal professional accreditation.