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Call for Nominations for the ICVA’s Assessment Development Committee

May 5, 2017

The International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) is looking for individuals interested in serving on the ICVA’s Assessment Development Committee (ADC). This committee is composed of a broad representation of species and content areas across veterinary medicine. Its duties include soliciting and appointing NAVLE® item writers and participating in item and form review meetings. As new opportunities arise in veterinary assessment, the ADC will be responsible for assembling subject matter experts to meet these needs. Members of the ADC are appointed by the ICVA Board of Directors to three-year terms and may serve a maximum of three terms.

The ADC is responsible for the main content areas of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE®). The NAVLE® is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in the US and Canada. It consists of 360 entry-level, clinically-relevant, multiple choice questions. Examination materials for the NAVLE® are prepared by committees composed of subject matter experts with recognized prominence in their fields. Committee members are selected to provide broad representation from across the US and Canada, and from academic, practice, species groups, and licensing communities. Committee members typically participate in up to three, two-day meetings per year, with travel costs and related expenses covered by the ICVA.

There are five positions on the ADC with terms beginning in June 2017: Bovine (Dairy), Poultry, Small Ruminant, Exotic Companion Animal, and Wildlife. Qualifications for appointment to the ADC are provided below:

  • Recognized achievement in veterinary medicine and other pertinent content areas such as:
    • Current openings in the following species - Bovine (Dairy), Exotic Companion Animal, Poultry, Small Ruminant, or Wildlife
    • Veterinary Clinical Sciences - Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Cardiology, Dermatology, Otology, Diagnostic and Clinical Microbiology, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Oncology, Nutrition, Oncology, Hematology, Ophthalmology, Animal Behavior, Emergency and Critical Care, Neurology, Theriogenology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Public Health, and Surgery
    • Other - Public Health, Professional Behavior, Communications, and Practice Management
  • Nominees should possess a DVM, or equivalent veterinary degree, excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to complete tasks and adhere to established schedules. The ICVA seeks individuals with knowledge and experience in the context of both the practice and teaching of veterinary medicine at accredited veterinary schools.
  • In addition, it is desirable for nominees to possess some of the following characteristics:
    • Experience in and recognition for teaching veterinary medical students, interns, and residents
    • Experience as a practitioner or working in clinical environments
    • Experience with state, provincial, or territorial veterinary licensing process
    • Evidence of scholarship

Nominations, including a completed nomination form and resume/CV, should be submitted to with ADC Nomination as the subject line by May 15, 2017. Nominees will be contacted directly. Self-nominations are also welcome.