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ISVPS Introduces More Clinically Applicable Assessment For Its Certificates

7 months ago

6th October, 2020 14h29

The International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), which accredits veterinary training courses and awards qualifications for veterinary practitioners and veterinary nurses globally, has enhanced the assessment process for its General Practitioner Certificates (GPCerts) and General Practitioner Advanced Certificates (GPAdvCerts) to ensure that its Certificate assessments deliver the highest quality appraisal, while supporting candidates in assimilating their new skills and knowledge.

In addition to the existing multiple-choice (MCQ) question assessment and case report, ISVPS has introduced a new assessment which will test candidates’ problem-solving skills via a ‘spot test,’ during which they will be presented with images, test results, X-rays, videos and other resources.  They will then be asked to demonstrate their experience, knowledge and clinical skills by solving a case-based scenario in which they must justify their approach in a virtual clinical environment.  

Candidates will complete the assessment in the form of an online examination using an advanced technology platform. For their convenience, it will be possible to sit the assessment from their home or clinic using remote invigilation technology, which ISVPS has already introduced successfully for its MCQ assessments.

The format of the new assessment has been devised by ISVPS’ International Assessment Manager, Dr Vera Vicinanza, with the content developed by the ISVPS Specialist examiners.  

Following a year’s development work, Dr Vicinanza submitted proposals for the new assessment to Harper Adams University’s Programme Approvals Committee for approval which has now been granted. Harper Adams provides the higher education body quality assurance for ISVPS in the UK, while global CPD specialist Improve International delivers the training for its Certificate programmes.

Commenting, Dr Vicinanza said: “We believe that the combination of our assessments will be now be even more effective, not only in challenging candidates’ knowledge, but also in how they apply it in the clinical setting.  This will help to ensure sufficient self-reflection on clinical cases and that the candidates’ approach to practical situations is tested more robustly than can be achieved via a written case report or MCQ examination alone.

“The introduction of the new ‘spot test’ and case-based scenario assessment, together with the existing MCQ and case report, is a milestone for ISVPS.  We have worked together to take on board feedback from candidates and from our examiners in order to enhance the examination process we offer to candidates and to provide rigorous assessments to ensure that the learning has been absorbed and understood.”

Note to editors:

ISVPS was established in 2003 to provide challenging but achievable and balanced qualifications for veterinary practitioners working in full-time practice. 

The ISVPS examination committee comprises over 100 members who are Diplomates of UK, European or USA Veterinary Specialist Colleges, or are similarly qualified or recognised specialists, active in clinical practice. The examination committee is supported and overseen by the academic board which consists of ten members each of which are highly experienced in the academic field and are veterinary diplomates and/or specialists themselves.

The examination committee sets and evaluates all course work, formulates the final examinations and reviews the conduct of the examination. The academic board reviews assessment performance and is also responsible for oversight and review of all ISVPS academic policies and processes. The examination committee and academic chairman determine the final exam results.

For further information:

Rebecca George, George PR

Tel: 01449 737281/07974 161108

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