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Fall, 2016, Volume 1:3


Regional Focus: Australasia

Dr. William Tyson Kendall (1851-1936) is considered to have founded the veterinary profession in Australia ( He arrived in Melbourne on 15 February 1880 and set up a private practice at Bourke Street West (Melbourne) and then at Fitzroy. In that same year, he helped establish the Australian Veterinary Medical Association and went on to publish The Australasian Veterinary Journal in 1882.

Other attempts to form professional bodies, such as the Australian Veterinary Medical Association (1880) and the New South Wales Veterinary Association (1894) failed to continue due to poor communication and the intervention of World War I.  An inaugural meeting to form the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) was held at the University of Melbourne in 1921, with Professor JD Stewart elected president, Professor HA Woodruff as vice-president and Mr Max Henry as honorary secretary. A Council of 16 elected members, four each from New Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.  <Learn More>



CIVME Launches Research Grant Program

The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) is an initiative of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges which is keen to promote and share best practices in veterinary medical education around the world. The council will provide a means for:
-    Communication and collaboration that advances veterinary medical education around the world
-    Collaboration amongst educational researchers
-    Dissemination of innovations and other educational advances, to magnify the impact of projects by outreach to educators and their respective organizations. <
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CIVME Welcomes Professor Ehab Abu-Basha (Middle-East / North Africa Region)

The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education is pleased to have expanded its membership by adding the Middle-East / North African region. We welcome Professor Abu-Basha as the new region's representative to CIVME. Learn more about Professor Abu-Basha on our CIVME roster page <Here>.


VetSet2Go project – Building veterinary employability

The VetSet2Go project ( is an internationally collaborative project to help veterinary graduates make the transition into professional practice and a lifelong successful career, through a focus on employability. Notionally the ability to gain and maintain employment, employability is complex construct blending many dimensions including cognitive, non-cognitive and social skills, experience and engagement, and professional identity.  Because of its inherent emphasis on sustainability, employability also brings an important focus on the graduate themselves, to ensure their future success, satisfaction and wellbeing in veterinary work – hence the inclusion of dedicated VetSet2Go subproject to explore resilience in the veterinary context.<Learn More>


Veterinary Education Symposium: Glasgow 2016

The annual Veterinary education Symposium (VetEd) was established in 2009 by a group of enthusiastic veterinary educators working in Vet Schools in the UK and Dublin.  The symposium rotates around the schools and aims to be an economical way for veterinary educators to share ideas and innovations. <Learn More>


Association for Medical Education in Europe Annual Conference

Barcelona, Spain: 28-31 August 2016: The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) has now established its Annual Conference as one of the leading international medical education conferences, with over 3,500 attendees, from more than 90 different countries, as well as a number of participants joining the AMEE Live stream online.  In addition to medical educators, there are a number of dental and veterinary educators who attend the main meeting, and there is also a separate pre-conference workshop organised by ViEW (Veterinary Education Worldwide) with a veterinary theme.  In 2016, the veterinary theme was “employability” (see separate section on VetSet2Go project). <Learn More>


Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC)

In June, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine hosted the AAVMC’s Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC). This conference represented the first time that VEC had been held outside of the USA, and 200 delegates attended from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and continental Europe. The two-day conference featured keynote speakers, poster sessions and hands-on workshops that covered a broad range of educational topics. The keynote speakers brought forward ideas related to how to overcome the challenges of creating a community of practice in education, what is the social accountability of each veterinary school as they educate their students beyond the boundaries of their institutional walls, and thoughts related to setting up an outcomes based program or curriculum. Hands-on workshops at the Clinical Skills Building focused on giving educators a chance to develop hands-on skills or take away new ideas to incorporate in their own educational setting at home. This was the first time that hands-on workshops had been incorporated in the VEC program and judging from the evaluation responses of participants, it won’t be the last! A BBQ dinner at the Boundary Ranch in Kananaskis Country provided a memorable end to this very successful meeting. 


ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body (VSB) Network

With the initiative and support of the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South-East Asia (OIE SRR-SEA) through the OIE Sub-Regional Workshop for Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) held in Thailand in November 2015, the ten ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) have agreed to establish an ASEAN VSB Network. The Terms of Reference for the Network have been developed.  It is regarded as the preliminary step for the national VSBs/VSB equivalent organisations of the respective countries to develop agreed upon standards, legislation and procedures for regulating the veterinary profession, and a harmonized approach for accrediting veterinary education establishments of the ASEAN Member States. After that, the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement for the veterinary profession can be established to facilitate the transboundary services of veterinarians within ASEAN especially in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) as well as to provide opportunities for capacity building and training of veterinary practitioners. Moreover, the Australasian Veterinary Board Council Inc. (AVBC), Australia has agreed to be a mentor for the ASEAN VSB Network and the OIE is prepared to provide advice to the Network on the international VSB and related standards.

Dr Pennapa Matayompong, STRIVES Programme Coordinator, OIE - World Organisation for Animal Health
OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South-East Asia, c/o DLD, 69/1 Phaya Thai Road, Ratchathewi 10400, Bangkok, Thailand



Panamerican Veterinary Congress

In the City of Panama in Panama, it was celebrated the 25th Panamerican Veterinary Congress, in October 3-7, 2016. This congress covers in its scope all areas of veterinary sciences, and it is an important gathering point of national professional associations and of veterinary schools, mostly from Latin America. It is important to mention that CVMA and AVMA are also members of PANVET.

During this PANVET Congress, Dr. Francisco Trigo presented a conference on veterinary education in America. As part of this presentation, Dr. Trigo introduced to the audience the creation of the CIVME group, its membership, strategic plan for the future, and the proposal to fund educational research projects for next year. So he made an invitation to all interested, to present a project as soon as the call is published in the AAVMC web page.

ViEW Pre- Conference Workshop: 28th August 2016

During the AMEE-conference 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, ViEW organized a preconference workshop entitled: Going beyond veterinary professional skills: the question of employability

The workshop considered the concept of employability in clinical curricula, with a focus on veterinary education. Delegates took part in a range of activities encouraging them to consider their role as an educator in ensuring graduates recognise the skills they have, those needing development, and how they contribute to their employability. <Learn More>