Veterinary specialty training


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I post this breif description of the process of veterinary training with my own experience as an example with hope to inspire every veterinary student in my country and all over the world to pursue training and as they said "keep your eyes on the prize".

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Veterinary specialty training

  1. 1. Veterinary Specialty Training: Opportunities and Implications Dr. Zuhair Ismail, DVM, Diplomate ABVP King Faisal University
  2. 2. Veterinary Specialist• A graduate veterinarian who has successfully completed the process of board certification o Diplomate o 20 American Boards of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) o 16 European Veterinary Specialty Colleges
  3. 3. Veterinary Specialist• Requirements o Extensive post-graduate training o Sufficient experience o Publish a clinical case or research paper o Pass a credential review and examinations
  4. 4. Their Veterinary Training• Pre vet undergraduate degree- 2-4 years• Admission to vet school- competitive; 4 years• National board (NAVLE)• State boards
  5. 5. Non Accredited Schools• Two ways to become licensed veterinarian in USA• Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) o Pass basic and clinical sciences examination o Pass clinical proficiency examination (CPE)
  6. 6. Non Accredited Schools• Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) o Pass the NBVMEs Qualifying Examination (basic science) o Pass 12 months of clinical experience at an accredited veterinary school, or pass the Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment Examination (hands-on clinical skills)
  7. 7. Becoming Board-Certified• University-based residency• Approved private specialty hospitals• Each specialty has their own requirements• Minimum of two years
  8. 8. What Did I Do?• 1 year volunteer- small and large animal hospitals• 1 year ECFVG• 1 Year Internship- large animal hospital• 2 years residency- large animal hospital• Boarded over 2 years• Feeling- so great
  9. 9. A Day In My Life as A Volunteer 1 year• Just looking (observation)• Under scrutiny 24 hours• No mistakes allowed, no second chances• Depressed, hate my life, but have a goal in mind kept me going• Study hard to catch up
  10. 10. A Day In My Life as ECFVG Student I year• In the hospital 6 am until who knows?• Taking cases, doing physical exams• Taking care of my in-patient cases• Participate in Emergency duties• Not too many people believed I could do it
  11. 11. A Day In My Life In Internship I year• More responsibilities• Under more scrutiny• Challenging students• Mentoring students in case management• Participate in Emergency duties• A lot of people surprised I made to this point• Working and studying harder than any body else• Earned the College Award for the Hardest Working and Most Helpful Intern in the Large Animal Hospital
  12. 12. A Day In My Life In Residency Year 1• More responsibilities but more relaxed• More teaching and supervising students• Earned student respect and most of my co-residents• Participate in emergency duties• Now I earned money too• Studying for the board examination
  13. 13. A Day In My Life In Residency Year 2• Even more responsibilities, but even happier• Teaching surgery now in class rooms• Supervising more students• Earned the respect of all people even the ones who betted I will fail or hoped I would• Earned more money• Studying harder for the Board examination next year
  14. 14. A Day In My Life Post Training• Hired me full time• Passed 2/3 of the board exam, next year passed the last third• Gained 15 kg body weight• Did not want me to leave
  15. 15. Good LuckAlways Keep Your Eyes on the Prize Questions please
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