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1 European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education President`s Report th GA, Istanbul, May 2015 Annex 3. President`s Report 2014 On the occasion of the 28th General Assembly I would like to welcome the representatives of the 97 member schools of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education, the delegates of AAVMC, AVMA, EBVS, FVE, IVSA, RCVS, REEV-Med and VetCEE, and the deputies of other organizations and establishments that joined our General Assembly in Istanbul. After being elected President of EAEVE last year at the General Assembly in Murcia, I would like to summarize the activities of our Association in 2014 and in the first months of the current year. First, on behalf of the Association, I would like to express my thanks to Prof. László Fodor, former President who had not only contributed to the development of this prestigious organization through his vast experience in the evaluation system, as ExCom member and Treasurer, but was also fully dedicated to the strengthening of the international connections of EAEVE. I am glad that after his presidency, László accepted to continue his activities within the Association as member of our Committee of Internal Quality Assessment (CIQA) and as one of the members representing EAEVE in the ECCVT (European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training). In my electoral manifesto I have clearly declared my intention for the future of EAEVE, which is to drive our association to a more effective and competitive corporation -with the unanimous support and approval of the Executive Committee. As a first step to reach a standard of excellence for our reputable organization, I have drafted a Strategic Plan and SWOT analysis together with the EAEVE Management Board. The draft version was available on the EAEVE website for review and comments not only to all members, but also to students, stakeholders, veterinary profession and partner organizations, who were encouraged to participate in reviewing the document. After the thorough discussion and revision of the feedback, the Strategic Plan and SWOT analysis were approved by the EAEVE Executive Committee on 29 January This Strategic Plan will establish our vision for the future and will guide us to achieve our aspiration of being considered the unique and undisputed institution for the evaluation and accreditation of veterinary training in Europe. My gratitude extends to all participants who have contributed to the best quality of the document, which is published on the EAEVE website. One of the main purposes of the medium and long-term strategic plan is to publish a constantly updated list with the evaluation/accreditation status of the establishments for veterinary education in line with the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT). As a result of the hard work developed by the Management Board and Executive Committee members, a holistic and thorough list of the EAEVE Establishments Status has been endorsed by the ExCom in January. To promote transparency this amended table contains the year of evaluation and the end of granted status in accordance with the SOPs` ESEVT item 10. RE-EVALUATION PROCEDURES, approved by the General Assembly in Budapest in May

2 European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education 28 th GA, Istanbul, May 2015 Annex 3. President`s Report 2014 I truly believe that the number of non-approved or not even visited member establishments will decrease in the medium and long-term. To achieve this aim in my electoral manifesto I proposed the amendment of the SOPs. I have no doubts about the usefulness for the evaluation process of the current SOP which introduced the principles and procedures of evaluation (Stage 1) and accreditation (Stage 2). I do recognize its value for the group of visiting experts, but for the establishments and public in general it is a too long document with some standards difficult to understand in the preparation of the SERs. The Executive Committee decided in October 2014 to limit the members of the SOP Working Group - in order to be more active, efficient and productive- to the Director, the three Coordinators, FVE representative Lynne Hill, and Anton Pijpers as ExCom representative, acting as Chairperson; the Office and myself will keep close contact with the WG, which will invite/consult relevant experts when necessary. I am determined that based on the feedbacks from both, the group of experts and the establishments, a more concise document could be achieved in the near future that enable the schools and experts to fulfil and apply the standards of quality for veterinary training, respectively. The report from the ENQA evaluation and the recommendations by CIQA were apt to act a starting point to launch a tender call for E-learning for experts to ensure the appropriate training of experts participating in evaluation visitations. The online platform that had been designed by the Coordinators will contain documents, guidelines and self-assessments in order to prevent the misinterpretation of standards or procedures by visiting experts participating in the evaluation system. Moreover, since the requirements in facilities, equipment, biosafety and biosecurity, design of mobile clinic, isolation units, etc, constitute the majority of the new major deficiencies in the last years, minimum standards in biosecurity and safety measures are to be proposed in the revised SOPs. Being an international veterinary association, reinforcing our relationships with pair organizations is a high priority. We maintain a very intensive cooperation with representatives of the FVE and EBVS, through the regular meetings of the European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training (ECCVT), which provides a great platform to exchange ideas and report on the activities of our organizations is an important year for EAEVE to celebrate the 30 years of the ESEVT. From the first visitation in 1985 (Utrecht) to date, the benefits of the evaluation/accreditation system on the quality of Veterinary Establishments members of EAEVE are patent. Moreover, the increasing confidence and interest on the ESEVT by non-european countries as an opportunity for the evaluation and accreditation of Veterinary Establishments is a fact. In this regard, the Executive Committee of REEV-Med, in collaboration with the OIE, has chosen the support of the evaluation system led by EAEVE to maintain, develop and promote standards for the training of veterinarians in the Southern Mediterranean basin and to ensure that graduates of Veterinary Education Establishments members of REEV-Med are able to fit the expectations of society in their area of expertise. Delegates of the Japanese Veterinary Establishments regularly join our GAs and kindly invited me to address the Japanese society of Veterinary Science in Aomori, Japan, with further information on the ESEVT in next September. In October 2014 the representatives of the Accreditation Board for Veterinary Education in Korea (ABOVEK) had visited us in the EAEVE Office in Vienna and also expressed their interest in learning more about the ESEVT, with the intention of strengthening our future cooperation in the evaluation of Korean Veterinary Establishments. 2

3 European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education 28 th GA, Istanbul, May 2015 Annex 3. President`s Report 2014 Finally, it is important for EAEVE to share the experience on evaluation and accreditation with sister organizations (AVMA, RCVS, etc), as well as to be updated on the activities developed by EBVS, FVE, IVSA, VetCEE and partner organizations such as the AAVMC (American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges). Representatives of all these organizations will report us on the second day of our General Assembly. Being a year for celebration, I have to recognize honestly that my first year as President of EAEVE was very busy and unexpectedly challenging at times. To finish my report I would like to express my personal gratitude to Zsuzsi Nagy, Pierre Lekeux and the Executive Committee members for their help and commitment; I m sure that with your support we will further drive our association to a more effective and competitive organization. Ana Mª Bravo del Moral 3

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