The AAVMC Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Working Group is developing a number of documents to assist in the dissemination of their work. In a companion document entitled “CBVE Framework”, the nine domains of competence are defined along with a list of competencies for each domain. Domains are broad distinguishable areas of competence that constitute a general, yet descriptive, framework for entry-level veterinary practice. The competencies associated with each domain are observable abilities that integrate knowledge, skills, values, and attributes.
The practice of veterinary medicine requires more than the ability to demonstrate independent competencies. It necessitates simultaneous integration of multiple competencies to allow veterinary professionals to perform day-today activities in the workplace. For an early stage professional, developing their capability, units of activity can be defined as Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). EPAs provide the groundwork for the future development of
assessment tools (including milestones) and a structure to provide feedback to guide learners as they work towards independent practice. In this way, they provide the link between competencies and the professional workplace.