Collaborative Development of Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Veterinary Education

S Kathleen Salisbury, Bonnie R Rush, Jan E Ilkiw, Susan M Matthew, Kristin P Chaney, Laura K Molgaard, Stephen A May, Harold G J Bok, Jennifer L Hodgson, Jody S Frost, Emma K Read

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Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) have been proposed as a practical framework for the implementation of competency-based education. As veterinary education moves toward a competency-based approach, core EPAs provide a context for assessment of workplace activities. This article reports on the development of eight core clinical EPAs for veterinary education created through multi-institutional collaboration, with international input from veterinary educators and veterinary educational leaders. These core EPAs are intended as minimal expectations for clinical activities that should be assessed for every graduate of Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges member institutions. Adoption of the core EPAs and the associated Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) framework by veterinary schools is intended to promote Day One graduate competence and thereby enhance patient care and client service.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20190090
Pages (from-to)607-618
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Issue number5
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • entrustable professional activities
  • competency-based veterinary education
  • competency-based medical education
  • inter-institutional collaboration
  • clinical assessment
  • EPA
  • workplace-based assessment


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