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Open Access Toward Global Harmonization of Training and Certification of Specialists in Laboratory Animal Veterinary Medicine

Laboratory animal medicine (LAM) is a corner stone of animal-based research and has been a veterinary specialty for over 60 y. Today 5 Colleges of LAM (American, European, Japanese, Korean, and Indian) that certify specialists (Diplomates) in LAM are members of the International Association of Colleges of LAM (IACLAM). Goals of IACLAM are to support the development of new Colleges of LAM, to harmonize expectations for the knowledge and skills of newly certified LAM Diplomate, and to harmonize the standards (best practices) for training and examination of candidates among the member Colleges. IACLAM recently conducted an in-depth review and comparison of oversight, training, credentialing, and examination standards in the 5 Colleges as part of an initiative to create a framework for harmonization and consistency for these activities across the 5 Colleges. The process has led to an agreement on recommendations for knowledge and skill requirements for a newly certified Diplomate, as described by each College in a detailed role delineation document (RDD). The RDD is based on task analyses of the work responsibilities of laboratory animal veterinary Diplomates. This agreement is an important step toward the goal of global harmonization of LAM Diplomate training. Further efforts are planned for areas such as training, research, publication, and examination. This paper describes the role and content of the RDD and lists the differences and similarities among the RDDs of 5 Colleges of LAM.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agriculture, Uppsala, Sweden 2: Department Population Health Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands 3: Department of Experimental Animals, Shimane University, Matsue, Shimane, Japan 4: Joint Graduate School of Tokyo Women's Medical University and Waseda University, Cooperative Major in Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Tokyo, Japan 5: Graduate School of International Agricultural Technology and Green and Institute of Green BioScience and Technology, Seoul Korea (the Republic of) 6: Department of Veterinary Physiology Gwanak-gu, Seoul Korea (the Republic of) Seoul National University, Republic of Seoul Korea 7: Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine, Syngene International, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 8: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 9: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Publication date: January 1, 2022

This article was made available online on December 8, 2021 as a Fast Track article with title: "Toward Global Harmonization of Training and Certification of Specialists in Laboratory Animal Veterinary Medicine".

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