Standing Committee on Veterinary Education (SCoVE)

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Background

SCoVE is a Standing Committee of IVSA which was founded at the 63rd IVSA Congress in Indonesia, based on the proposal of James Bost (IVSA UK & Ireland), which is intended to address one of IVSA’s objectives, as stated in our Constitution, to “Raise the overall standard of veterinary education worldwide.” Prior to the foundation of SCoVE, the Standing Committee on Modern Technology in Education (SCoMTE) aimed to keep track of, and disseminate to the members of IVSA, advances in veterinary education made possible by the use of modern technologies around the world. SCoVE was founded with the proposal that the remit of SCoMTE would be incorporated into SCoVE. The remit of SCoVE is much broader than that of SCoMTE, including all other aspects of veterinary education, such as the subjects covered, the quality of coverage, teaching practical skills, and the accuracy of information taught.

The Chairman of SCoVE should maintain regular contact with the Committee Coordinator of the ExCo of IVSA.

All binding sponsorship or partnership agreements are between IVSA and an external organization, not an IVSA committee and an external organization, so all such agreements must be agreed upon by the ExCo of IVSA (and perhaps, depending on the details of the agreement, the GA), but may be realised primarily through one or more IVSA committees.

Tasks

  • Partnering with major global and/or regional organizations working on education, such as EAEVE, and the AVMA COE (Council On Education)
  • SCoVE should represent IVSA at WCVE (World Congress on Veterinary Education) when this is held
  • IVSA’s partnership in the NEAT project should be realised through SCoVE
  • IVSA’s involvement in EAEVE’s evaluation/accreditation activity should be realised through SCoVE

Within the Strategic Plan for the next 5 years, SCoMTE’s section (now applicable to SCoVE) states that the committee should:

  • partner with one or several global organizations offering or creating modern learning utilities for veterinary students, e.g. WikiVet and IVIS.
  • disclose at least two relevant publications on the topic of modern technologies in education from their partnering organizations to IVSA members during each term.
  • create at least one member benefit activity during the next five years as e.g. discounts on online learning tools, conferences using modern technology etc. for IVSA members.
  • publish at least one relevant article in the IVS journal per term.
  • deliver a report to the GA by the end of their term summarizing the activities of the committee, partnership relations, as well as achieved and unachieved goals.

The Structure of SCoVE

The structure of SCoVE should include positions covering the dissemination of information (covering the remit of SCoMTE), education on veterinary medicine, and education on subjects which might not be considered traditional veterinary medicine subjects, such as veterinary business and economics and “soft skills” (e.g. teamwork, leadership, communication).

In 2013-14, SCoMTE consisted of the following positions, in addition to the Chairman:

  • Ambassadors Chief - recruiting ambassadors for SCoMTE on a local level
  • Publications Chief - handling the SCoMTE website and Facebook page
  • Web Sources - making and maintain agreements with projects such as WikiVet, OVAM etc.
  • Educational Chief - checking for relevance on all information sent to SCoMTE, laying groundwork for workshops, and making sure that all material coming from SCoMTE will be within SCoMTE’s purpose

Committee Selection Procedures

At each IVSA Congress, a new Chairman will be elected. The Chairman should announce a call for Committee members by the first week of September, which should last until the end of September. This call should be published via social media (e.g. facebook page of committee), on the IVSA website and via an email to local Presidents and EOs through the MOD.

The applications could be created in Google Docs in order to be online and easier. Each applicant shall send their CV (including information on MO, previous positions, etc.) and a motivation letter containing information on relevant experience, reasons why they wish to be a part of the Committee, any specific aims or ideas they have regarding veterinary education or their potential role within the committee, etc.

During the screening process, all applicants under consideration to be selected will be forwarded to the ExCo for them to look through and give some input if necessary. It is recommended that candidates should only be a member of one IVSA Standing Committee. The MOD should certify that candidates are IVSA members. Then the Chairman selects the Committee’s members (an alternative would be using a selection committee - see SCOH’s Manual for details) and informs them by a formal letter (email) of acceptance. Interview of candidates by the Chairman via Skype is recommended when the Chairman cannot choose between candidates, if necessary.

The Committee should be fully formed by 15 October, and Committee membership will last until the following 31 August. Positions should be assigned to committee members by 30 October, with a clear role or set of tasks for each position.

The Running of SCoVE

SCoVE should aim to hold committee meetings online, perhaps once every 4-6 weeks, with the first committee meeting being held by 30 October.

The creation of an online schedule for committee members to state when their busy periods will be during the year (e.g. exams, holidays), so SCoVE work can ideally be organized around this, is recommended.

SCoVE should try to be visible at IVSA Congresses and Symposia, e.g. promotional material, lectures, workshops.

The (now defunct) official page of SCoMTE in social media (Facebook) is: http://www.facebook.com/SCoMTE.IVSA

The official page of SCoVE in social media (Facebook) is: TO BE ADDED

The (now defunct) official email address of SCoMTE is: scomte@ivsa.org

The official email address of SCoVE is: TO BE ADDED

Costs

SCoVE has a budget of €500 for 2014-15, and there is an additional €500 reserved for use by IVSA Committees which SCoVE can request to use a portion of if necessary. All usage of Committee budgets must be approved by the ExCo of IVSA before any reimbursement is made.

Examples of budget items could include the printing of promotional materials and travel expenses for committee members to attend events on veterinary education or to attend meetings with (potential) partners.


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