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AVBC Day One Competencies Review


Many international veterinary organisations use “Day One Competencies” to convey their expectations of veterinary graduates on “Day One” of their professional careers. The AVBC has recently updated the competencies and attributes required of Australasian veterinary graduates and is now seeking your input regarding these proposed competencies.

Competencies describe the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attributes that veterinarians must possess on “Day One” to serve both the public interest and meet private sector requirements. These “Day One Competencies” also inform the Accreditation Standards as well as providing guidance to learners, schools, and to the profession about what can reasonably be expected of a graduate at the start of their career. Furthermore, competencies need to be defined such that veterinary students can be directly observed and assessed on their knowledge acquisition.

The Review Process

To update the AVBC’s Attributes of Veterinary Graduates, the Day One Competencies Task Group methodically reviewed the current Attributes and evaluated the Day One Competencies established by other international veterinary organisations. Building upon the strong foundations of the RCVS Day One Competences (2021), the AAVMC’s Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Framework (2018), as well as European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, ex-OIE) Day One Competencies, the group refined those competencies that were relevant to the Australasian veterinary graduate and added competencies in areas that were identified as deficient. To this end, the Task Group has drafted 41 competencies that sit within 9 skills domains.

Consultation Phase

To ensure this process of review and revision of the current AVBC’s Attributes is comprehensive and inclusive, the Day One Competencies Task Group is now seeking feedback on these draft competencies. You can provide feedback via our online survey, or send direct responses to The survey will close on 3 August 2022.

The draft competencies can be downloaded HERE