Collaborative development of a shared framework for competency-based veterinary education

Susan M. Matthew, Harold G.J. Bok, Kristin P. Chaney, Emma K. Read, Jennifer L. Hodgson, Bonnie R. Rush, Stephen A. May, S. Kathleen Salisbury, Jan E. Ilkiw, Jody S. Frost, Laura K. Molgaard

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Competency-based medical education is an educational innovation implemented in health professions worldwide as a means to ensure graduates meet patient and societal needs. The focus on student-centered education and programmatic outcomes offers a series of benefits to learners, institutions and society. However, efforts to establish a shared, comprehensive competency-based framework in veterinary education have lagged.This article reports on the development and outcome of a competency-based veterinary education (CBVE) framework created through multi-institutional collaboration with international input from veterinary educators and veterinary educational leaders.The CBVE Framework is designed to reflect the competencies expected of new graduates from member institutions of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).The CBVE Framework consists of nine domains of competence and 32 competencies, each supplemented with illustrative sub-competencies to guide veterinary schools in implementing competency-based education in their local context.The nine domains of competence are: clinical reasoning and decision-making; individual animal care and management; animal population care and management; public health; communication; collaboration; professionalism and professional identity; financial and practice management; and scholarship. Developed through diverse input to facilitate broad adoption, the CBVE Framework provides the foundation for competency-based curricula and outcomes assessment in veterinary education internationally. We believe that other groups seeking to design a collective product for broad adoption might find useful the methods used to develop the CBVE Framework, including establishing expertise diversity within a small-to-medium size working group, soliciting progressive input and feedback from stakeholders, and engaging in consensus building and critical reflection throughout the development process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-593
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We extend our gratitude to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) for their support of this project. Special thanks to Dr. Ted Mashima, AAVMC Senior Director of Academic and Research Affairs, Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, AAVMC Chief Executive Officer, and the Deans of the AAVMC veterinary schools for their support of the time and travel required for this engagement.

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© 2020 AAVMC


  • Competency framework
  • Competency-based education
  • Competency-based medical education
  • Competency-based veterinary education
  • Graduate outcomes
  • Inter-institutional collaboration
  • International collaboration


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