Collaborative development of core entrustable professional activities for veterinary education

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

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Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) have been proposed as a practical framework for the implementation of competency-based education. As veterinary education moves toward a competency-based approach, core EPAs provide a context for assessment of workplace activities. This article reports on the development of eight core clinical EPAs for veterinary education created through multi-institutional collaboration, with international input from veterinary educators and veterinary educational leaders. These core EPAs are intended as minimal expectations for clinical activities that should be assessed for every graduate of Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges member institutions. Adoption of the core EPAs and the associated Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) framework by veterinary schools is intended to promote Day One graduate competence and thereby enhance patient care and client service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-618
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors extend their 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


  • Clinical assessment
  • Competency-based medical education
  • Competency-based veterinary education
  • EPA
  • Entrustable professional activities
  • Inter-institutional collaboration
  • Workplace-based assessment


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