Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) and Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC) Present first Joint Meeting

Nearly 300 veterinary educators from around the world gathered at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA, June 22-24, for the biennial AAVMC Veterinary Educator Collaborative Meeting, which for the first time was held together with the Primary Care Veterinary Educator group. The theme of the meeting was “Laying the Building Blocks for a Lifetime of Clinical Excellence.” A variety of topics were discussed, including competency-based veterinary education, curriculum change, the development of clinical skills, and challenges in teaching.

Participants included veterinary faculty from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, western Canada and Great Britain. The program featured a variety of formats aimed at promoting engagement and discussion among participants. These included descriptive sessions and panel discussions, problem-solving sessions, roundtable discussions, workshops, a poster session and demonstrations of educational technology using a “speed dating” format.

Two keynote speakers drew upon their research in medical education to address issues that veterinary educators also face. Dr. Joseph Rencic described the challenges in assessing diagnostic reasoning and suggested a focus on key features as a feasible approach. Dr. Martin Pusic presented his research using learning analytics to provide feedback and improve students’ understanding and accuracy in radiographic interpretation. Topics of formal presentations included communication skills, cultural competency, peer review of teaching, and educational technology. The workshops included opportunities for participants to develop skills in course design, immersive simulation, design assessment tools and rating scales, and maximize student learning in clinical skills labs. A picnic, at the Taughannock Falls State Park, on the final evening of the conference provided additional opportunities for informal conversation, as well as a fitting end to a full two- and-a-half days of stimulating ideas and discussion.

VetEd 2018 - International Symposium of the Veterinary Schools Council in the Netherlands

VSC’s international symposium ‘VetEd 2018’ took place at Utrecht University in The Netherlands July 4-6, 2018. This ninth symposium included a mixture of pre- and in-conference workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, a debate, and excellent poster presentations and short communications. With over 230 participants from 18 countries all over the world, the symposium had a friendly atmosphere in which ideas, innovations, research and best practices were shared.

It was fantastic being part of such a great group of talented and innovative veterinary educators from all over the world! The symposium started with some excellent preconference workshops about EPA’s, programmatic assessment, clinical skills, student well-being, developing educational research, and meditation. The preconference day was capped by an amazing walking tour through the canals in tropical Utrecht.

Professor Jan van Tartwijk of Utrecht University launched VetEd 2018 with an excellent opening plenary about expertise development. In the afternoon, Professor Debbie Jaarsma of the University of Groningen gave a stimulating and inspiring plenary about the complexities of curriculum change. On the second day, Professor Wim Kremer successfully challenged the audience to rethink current practice in veterinary education, and Prof. Cees van der Vleuten closed VetEd2018 with his inspiring talk about reorganizing assessment through the application of a programmatic approach to assessment.

The high-level conference workshops, poster presentations and short communications stimulated scientific discussions between the participants. On Thursday evening, July 5th, all participants enjoyed a conference dinner in downtown Utrecht together with some outstanding improvisational theatre.

It was fantastic to see everyone enjoying downtown Utrecht, riding the Dutch bikes, and navigating the canals. The local organizing committee did an excellent job of hosting this 9th VetEd-meeting, setting a high bar for the next symposium planned for the Royal Veterinary College, London in July 2019.

AAVMC’s Competency Based Veterinary Education Program On the Move

The Working Group on Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) has been hard at work since the rollout of the CBVE Framework and Core Entrustable Professional Activities at the AAVMC Annual Meeting in March 2018. CBVE Working Group member Kathy Salisbury says, “I have been really thrilled to see the excitement that this work is generating at so many veterinary schools. Some have begun to map their outcomes to the CBVE Framework, looking for gaps and stimulating discussions among their faculty about potential changes.” The Working Group is encouraged by the emerging opportunity to use the CBVE Framework as a shared language to drive collective improvement in veterinary education.

They are also excited about the potential to use “big data” to better understand and support the progression of students toward competency. “By using common domains and competencies, we can now work together and drive continuous improvement which will benefit our learners as well as our profession,” says CBVE Working Group member Stephen May. The Working Group hosted a webinar for AAVMC Academic Affairs Committee members on August 3.

Next steps for the group include gathering feedback on the CBVE milestones that have been drafted to describe how learners would progress in the development of each competency. Since the March rollout, the group members have received invitations to present more about CBVE through videoconferences and visits to schools including Florida State University, Oregon State University, Midwestern University, University of Pennsylvania and Western University of Health Sciences.  Group members also continue to present the work at national and international meetings including the joint Primary Care Veterinary Educators/Veterinary Educator Collaborative meeting at Cornell University, the VetEd Symposium at Utrecht, and the 2nd International Competency-Based Medical Education Summit in Basel, Switzerland.

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Member Profiles from CIVME Member Institutions

Below are profiles of selected faculty members who represent the excellence of faculty members in international veterinary medical institutions around the world.

Professor Ayona Silva-Fletcher of the Royal Veterinary College in London

Ayona Silva-Fletcher, Professor of Veterinary Education, is a veterinary educator working at the LIVE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK. Qualified as a veterinarian, with a PhD in Animal Nutrition from Aberdeen University and an MA in Medical Education, Ayona is committed to exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning and encouraging and supporting her colleagues in doing the same. She has argued for attention to discipline-focused pedagogical development, and the creation of postgraduate programs in Veterinary and Science Education are a result of her dedication to this cause.

Through the development of a MSc in Veterinary Education she has offered discipline-specific training for the veterinary and para-veterinary sector educators and has widened access globally by offering the program through distance learning. Ayona places huge emphasis on the quality of the student experience in maintaining the motivation of those studying from a distance. An important feature for those completing the whole of the MSc is the development of pedagogical research skills, including the use of qualitative research methods. This is aimed at both career development of future veterinary educational developers and researchers, and expanding the scholarly research base of veterinary education.  

Ayona is collaboratively working with colleagues around the world, including veterinary schools in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Jordan and Mongolia, on curriculum design, delivery and quality assurance processes. She is co-editor of the recently published Veterinary Clinical Skills Manual, and in addition to veterinary education, regularly publishes on her other great passion – Asian elephants!

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Zuhair Bani Ismail of the Jordan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Bani Ismail, BVMS, Diplomate ABVP (Food Animals), is a Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at JUST in June 1995 with honors. Soon after, in October 1995, he was granted a scholarship to pursue specialized veterinary training in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery and was enrolled in a residency program (1996-2000) at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Large Animal Teaching Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Food Animal Practice in 2001.

In 2002, He joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at JUST as an Assistant Professor where he taught Large Animal Surgery and served as a senior clinician at the University's Animal Health Center. In 2009, He spent two years of sabbatical leave at the School of Veterinary Medicine of St. Matthews University, Cayman Islands, UK. In 2011, He was appointed as an Assistant to the Dean for Veterinary Hospital Affairs and quality control in the College of Veterinary Medicine of King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.

During his academic and research career, Dr. Bani Ismail was concerned in promoting concepts of animal welfare among veterinary students, university students and the public at large in his country of Jordan. He was the first to propose the establishment of The University Animal Care and Use Committee and suggested rules and regulations for using animals in research that concur with the NIH Guidelines. He also helped in raising concepts of animal welfare among university students by designing a university elective course under the title "Pet Animal Care," which later became the most popular elective course in the whole university.

In 2008-2009, Dr. Bani Ismail was appointed by the university's President as a key member of the university committee that took the responsibility of establishing and designing a new Laboratory Animal Housing and Research Facility that complied with the latest international guidelines and requirements for best practices in Laboratory Animal Care and Husbandry. Throughout his career, Dr. Bani Ismail has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and served as a reviewer for more than 10 international medical and education journals. Dr. Bani Ismail began his research career specializing in areas related to Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. In subsequent years, he worked in the field of pharmaceutical research and development business and pre-clinical studies using mice and rabbit models. Currently, his work has refocused on problem-based, industry-oriented research related to dairy cow management and production.

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Dr. Aly Eldeen Abdel Basset of Zagazig University in Egypt

Dr. Aly is in the Department of Anatomy of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt. He also directs the Plastination Laboratory. Dr. Aly graduated from Munich University in 1978. He has been teaching Veterinary Anatomy and Histology at Zagazig University since 1978. He has many achievements during his long teaching career such as the establishment of central laboratory (atomic absorption, electrophoresis, HPLC, mycotoxin detection, water analysis, computer network, and general histopathology laboratory), supervision of the anatomy museum in King Fasial University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Saudi Arabia, and supervision and operation of electron microscope laboratory (transmission and scanning).

In addition to his teaching experience, he has been active in research and has published many papers in scientific and international journals. His research interests included cell biology of reproductive organs of camels, ultrastructure of the male reproductive system and endocrine glands of domestic animals, morphology of immune system, radiographic anatomy of camel embryos, and molecular biology techniques.
One of Dr. Aly's major achievements was playing a key role in the establishment of the Zagazig Plastination Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Zagazig University in Egypt in 2004. This Plastination Laboratory has been a key establishment that enhanced the education of anatomy for both veterinary medical and human medical students. At this laboratory, plastinated specimens are produced using silicon 10 technique and P40. About 200 plastinated specimens were prepared and displayed in a plastination exhibition at the department of anatomy.

In addition, Dr. Aly established a webpage for the plastination laboratory that included the plastination techniques and photographs of specimens (Figure 1) that can be accessed by the students at any time ( The laboratory offers training for both students and anatomy professionals from both local and international institutions. Trainees from Sudan, Pakistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia have been trained at the laboratory since its establishment. The Zagazig Plastination Laboratory has provided technical support for Khartoum University in Sudan and Basrah University in Iraq so they could establish their own plastination laboratories.

For more information about Dr. Aly Eldeen Abdel Basset, please email him directly or

Figure: A. Photograph of plastinated anatomical teaching model of the nervous system of the goat (lumbar region from 12 thoracic to 6 lumbar vertebrae) (dorsal view). Medulla spinalis (msp); N. spinalis lumbalis I or iliohypogastricus (nl I); N. spinalis lumbalis II or ilioinguinalis (nl II) and N. spinalis lumbalis III (nl III).

B. Photograph of plastinated anatomical teaching model of the nervous system of the goat (lumbar and sacral regions from 5 lumbar to last caudal vertebrae) (dorsal view). Ramus ventralis nervi lumbalis III and IV or N. genitofemoralis (ngf); N. femoralis (2); N. obturatorius (1); N. ischiadicus (3); N. glutaeus cranialis (ngcr); N. glutaeus caudalis (ngca); N. pudendus (np); Filum terminale (ft); Nn. caudales (nca); Vertebra lumalis IV (vl IV); Vertebra lumbalis V (vl V) and Os sacrum (os).