Archive for October, 2014

What ‘elitism’ really means for veterinary school accreditation

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Decades-old formula presented as the only model for success.

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If you want to understand how elitist the viewpoint is of academic critics of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA’s) Council on Education (COE), read the September 9, 2014, words of former University of Pennsylvania veterinary school dean Robert Marshak, DVM, from an ACVIM list-serve email:

COE has been accrediting veterinary schools that do not meet the COE’s published standards. The standards also have been weakened gradually, apparently in order to justify, retrospectively and prospectively, the accreditation of substandard schools. Substandard schools, charging very high tuitions, are producing hundreds of minimally educated entry-level graduates, a situation that bodes ill for the future of our educational system and, subsequently, for our profession and the society we serve. Further, the substandard schools contribute nothing to our discovery-based medical profession through research, the identification of and cure for new diseases, the development of new procedures, the provision of referral centers and diagnostic services, the development of clinical specialties, nor continuing education.

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Federal regulation of veterinary school accreditation brings elitists out of the woodwork

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Critics of Council on Education seek establishment of independent agency.

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Few veterinarians are aware of a hearing soon to happen (Dec. 11) in Washington, D.C., that may change the shape of veterinary medicine in the United States for years to come. What’s particularly interesting is how a handful of armchair advocates are working feverishly to steer this process. This blog will be the first in a series examining this phenomenon and, more importantly, to consider what’s at stake.

So what’s the fuss?

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