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AAVSB Announces Change to the PAVE Program


The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) announces a change to the Program of the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE). The PAVE program is temporarily discontinuing the Clinical Skills Assessment Examination option, one of the program's two clinical proficiency pathways towards PAVE certification. At this time, the clinical skills assessment examination option will not be available to new candidates enrolling in the PAVE program. This change will not affect PAVE candidates who become eligible for the examination by May 31.

Since March 2012, the AAVSB has had an agreement with the AVMA to use their ECFVG Program's Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE) as the clinical skills examination option for the PAVE program. The AVMA recently made a decision not to extend this agreement with the AAVSB beyond 2013. Prior to 2012, the AAVSB used the Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment (VCSA) developed by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) for its PAVE program, but suspended offering that examination in 2011 because of the small number of PAVE candidates that selected the clinical exam pathway.

PAVE candidates will continue to have the Evaluated Clinical Experience (ECE) option available as a clinical pathway step. Most PAVE candidates choose the ECE option which can be completed pre- or post-graduation. Of the 1,186 veterinarians who have earned PAVE certification since the program's inception in 2002, approximately 96% selected the ECE pathway.

The Board of Directors continues to review options for the PAVE program and remains committed to the ongoing operation of this important member program. PAVE certification is recognized by 38 of the AAVSB's Member Boards as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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