How are COE members selected?

The following content has been reproduced from the recent issue of the COE Standard.

The AVMA Council on Education (COE) is the accrediting body in the United States and Canada for veterinary medical colleges. All members of the COE are volunteers who dedicate considerable time and effort in service to our profession.COENewsLetterBooksImage

The membership of the COE is incorporated into the AVMA bylaws and can be found in Article VIII, Councils/Committees/Task Forces, Section 2 Councils, b. Council on Education. A total of twenty members serve on the COE, eight members are required to be members of the AVMA and twelve members do not require membership. Out of the twenty members all but three (public members) are required to be veterinarians. Each member’s term begins at the start of the Association year. Members are selected by four different bodies. Who are the members and who does the selection?

There are three public members who are selected by the members of the Council on Education for a term of six years. The Council reviews the resumes of public members who have been nominated or who have applied to be a member of the Council. A public member may not be:

  • An employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of, or consultant to, an institution or program that either is accredited or preaccredited by the COE or has applied for accreditation or preaccreditation;
  • A member of any trade association or membership organization related to , affiliated with, or associated with the COE; or
  • A spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any of the individuals listed above.

One member is a representative from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association who is appointed by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for a term of three years.

One member is a representative of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) who is appointed by the AAVMC for a term of three years.

Eight members, who are members of the Association, are selected by the AVMA COE Selection Committee for a term of six years.

How are these eight members selected and what are the qualifications needed?

Each year that there is an upcoming vacancy in the Council the AVMA COE Selection Committee will put out a call for applications for that specific position. The call will be posted on the volunteer section of the AVMA webpage and via other communication venues. The AVMA COE Selection Committee has the responsibility to fill the following positions on the Council:

  • Private food animal clinical practice (one individual whose veterinary endeavor is exclusively food animal practice);
  • Private mixed clinical practice (one individual whose veterinary endeavor is clinical practice with several species of animals including both food or equine and small companion animals);
  • Private small animal clinical practice (one individual whose veterinary endeavor is exclusively small animal practice);
  • Private equine practice (one individual whose veterinary endeavor is exclusively equine practice);
  • Private clinical practice, not further specified (two individuals whose veterinary endeavor is exclusively private clinical practice) ;
  • Non-private practice, non-academic veterinary medicine (one individual); and
  • At-large (one individual).

There is no need for a specific organization to nominate a potential member of the COE. Interested parties simply complete the application form and required documents. All applications received on or before the deadline are forwarded to the AVMA COE Selection Committee for review. Candidates will be evaluated on their:

  • Demonstrated competence in the designated area of veterinary medical activity that will be represented on the Council
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate electronically
  • Ability to critically evaluate data, formulate questions and objectively evaluate outcomes
  • Basic understanding of the role of accreditation in education
  • Appreciation and openness for change in veterinary medical education
  • Appreciation for the diversity in the form and delivery of veterinary medical educational programs
  • Ability to effectively work in a group setting, respect opinions of others and support the decisions of the Council
  • Demonstrated interest in veterinary education and the scope and future of veterinary medicine

Following a review of the applications, applicants may be interviewed by phone and the selection of the person to fill the position is made. All applicants will be notified of the outcome following the selection by the Committee.

The final seven members of the COE are selected by the AAVMC COE Selection Committee for a term of six years. Each year that there is an upcoming vacancy in the Council the AAVMC COE Selection Committee will put out a call for applications for that specific position. The AAVMC COE Selection Committee has the responsibility to fill the following positions on the Council:

  • Basic science (two individuals active in this field who are members of the faculty of a university having an accredited school or college of veterinary medicine or a department of veterinary science);
  • Large animal clinical science (one individual in this field who is a member of the faculty of a university having an accredited school or college of veterinary medicine);
  • Small animal clinical science (one individual in this field who is a member of the faculty of a university having an accredited school or college of veterinary medicine);
  • Postgraduate education (one individual who is actively directing post-professional students in an accredited school or college of veterinary medicine or in a university department of veterinary science);
  • Veterinary medical research (one individual who is actively engaged in veterinary research for the majority of the time or who is the close director of others who are); and
  • Veterinary preventive medicine (one individual whose veterinary endeavor is in the field of epidemiology, public health, regulatory, or military veterinary medicine.

Individuals interested in these positions may be nominated or may self-nominate. Candidates will be evaluated on their:

  • Demonstrated interest in the scope and future of veterinary medicine
  • Demonstrated interest in veterinary education
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate electronically
  • Ability to critically evaluate data, formulate questions and reach conclusions
  • Appreciation of the dynamic nature and diversity of veterinary education programs
  • Basic understanding of the role of accreditation in education
  • Demonstrated competence in the designated area of veterinary medical activity that will be represented on the Council
  • Position as a full-time, permanent faculty member of at least the rank of Associate Professor or equivalent (tenure-track or non-tenure track) at an accredited AAVMC Member Institution, and be actively engaged in basic science research.

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3 thoughts on “How are COE members selected?

  1. Thank you Dr. May for getting back to me. My response is not meant for you as I know that you do not make the rules, but merely try to facilitate the information on this site.

    As I read it, the Board of Directors (along with their agendas and biases) select the COE member selection committee. It is likely that they select individuals that share their viewpoints. these individuals select 3 public members and 8 professional members(again very possibly/likely selecting people who share their viewpoints).

    So, our executive board indirectly chooses 11 members of the COE ! Does anyone feel that the two entities are completely separate?

    I don’t.

  2. how are the members of the COE selection committee chosen and by whom are they chosen?