The AVMA would like to congratulate the appointees to our new Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation. The 11-member body will evaluate the following issues given the current environment projected over 10 years and prepare a written informational report, without prejudice, to the AVMA Executive Board:
• The impact of foreign veterinary school accreditation on the U.S. veterinary profession and on the quality of standards for the U.S. veterinary profession;
• The impact of not requiring certification by the Educational Commission on Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Medical Education (PAVE) for graduates of AVMA-COE-accredited foreign schools;
• How foreign veterinary school accreditation serves the needs and interests of the public;
• How foreign veterinary school accreditation serves the needs and interests of AVMA members;
• The existence of any international pressure on the AVMA-COE to accredit foreign veterinary schools;
• The logistical resources required to accredit foreign veterinary schools.
Task force members include Dr. James Coffman, who will serve as task force chair, Dr. Mimi Arighi, Dr. Philippe Baneux, Dr. Eric Bregman, Dr. Susan Chadima, Dr. Orlando Garza, Dr. Peter Hellyer, Dr. Tony Miele, Dr. Mark Nunez, Mr. Jason Stanhill and Dr. Caroline Zeiss.
We would like to thank all of those who expressed interest in serving on the task force and look forward to working with the task force members.