Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Chance to Be Heard

Many of us have been following the mess associated with the AVMA, the COE (Council on Education) ACCREDITATION baloney and blah blah blah.  (check out www.justvetdata.com)  All we really know is that it's not good for the profession, right?  I mean, another school just opened up and is going to be charging a cool $60,000 PER YEAR for their veterinary degree....   good freaking god.

If that's not enough to make you blow your morning coffee right outta your nose, then I can't help you.   :)

So now's our chance to make our intentions knowns and our voices heard.  PLEASE go to this link, read it, and submit your comments.    Let's come together and see if we can't make our profession better.


www.vetuscope.com

And please share the link with every vet you know - students also - and ask them to submit their comments if they agree.

It can't be any easier than this!

Let's come together, people, and do something to save this profession before it's too late.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for shout out, VBB :)

    I am also one of the vets behind http://www.vetuscope.com too, I'm proud to say, and I'm happy to answer any questions.

    Eden Myers DVM
    eden@justvetdata.com

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    1. Hello, Dr. Myers! I'll ask this here since I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering - could you please explain what will happen if/when the COE loses its recognition? I understand why COE needs to go, but I've yet to find a clear picture of what will come in the aftermath of that decision.

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    2. Eden can probably answer this better than I, but I wanted to chime in as well... there are lots of people working on that very question, and it HAS been asked - "if we are able to do this, what is next?" There are many working on this idea and many suggestions put forth to help solve the problem. So rest assured, an answer will be found. It's simply that we have a very very narrow window of time to force this change and if we don't, it will be YEARS before we can try again.

      Sometimes the best solutions come from sudden change and chaos.

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    3. I understand. My biggest concern (aside from the veterinary school system temporarily falling into chaos) is that if COE does lose its recognition, will current/future veterinary students attending accredited schools be unable to receive federal funding? Would there be some kind of "grandfathering" system in place, or would students suddenly find themselves halfway through school with no way to pay for the rest of their degrees?

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    4. Just saw this! Hopefully you ran across what I posted on SDN or VIN about it. There are procedures in place to protect currently enrolled students when programs lose accreditation. Before we even get to that point, though, if the NACIQI recommends the USDE withdraws COE's recognition- and the US Secretary of Education concurs- then there is an appeals process the COE will (presumably) pursue.

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  2. Shared this with fellow professors and friends... I get all these "we love our animal companions" posts, and every one of the people posting those should help their vets keep the profession healthy!

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