EVDC Trial Examinations were a success!
The EVDC entry examinations take place annually, and consist of two written 4- 4 ½ hour papers, and three 4-hour practical examinations. The written papers have historically been paper-based. This year, with the help of EBVS, the EVDC is migrating to a computer-based system for examination preparation and implementation. Examsoft and Examplify are computer-based assessment and examination software systems, with over 20 years of success in worldwide academic institutions. Examsoft allows the Examination Committee to securely build a bank of suitable examination questions, construct valid and fair examinations, and then scrutinise results in detail, producing strengths and opportunites reports. Examplify is the secure platform upon which candidates sit the examination. Although invigilators will still be required, this does allow us to offer remote examinations, the first of which will take place in June 2021. In preparation for this, the EVDC examination committee have prepared a trial examination, constructed from questions supplied by residents and candidates. This was successfully arranged and executed in January 2021. Feedback from the trial examination included that it was “very intuitive and easy to use” and that “photos and radiographs were clear to assess”. The Examination Committee is grateful to the EBVS for creating this opportunity, and in particular Mark Bowen, the director of Education who helped us familiarise with the platform.
Rachel Perry, March 2021
EVDF 2021 Online Congress
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the EVDF organizing committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional format of EVDF, planned to take place in Nantes, and make the upcoming edition a virtual congress. The online congress will take place on Friday 4 – Saturday 5 June 2021.
Please click here to visit the EVDF Website.
The EVDF Nantes edition will be located to 2024.
We hope to see you all again in person at the EVDF Krakow, taking place from 7-9 April 2022.
Professor Dixon retires from the University of Edinburgh
It is with no little sadness that I report to you the announcement from the Royal(Dick) School of veterinary studies, University of Edinburgh, that Professor Paddy Dixon has retired from the Staff at the College, having been Professor of Surgery for many years. Prof Dixon started at the Dick undertaking his PhD, and initially published widely in the fields of Respiratory medicine and surgery, leading undergraduate teaching and training many residents including myself. During this period his attention was caught by the dearth of data on equine dentistry that had been sorely neglected by the profession. After forming alliances with prominent practitioners in the United States in the early 1990’s, including Jack Easley and Leon Scrutchfield, a new era of science-led equine dentistry began. Despite much resistance, they fostered collaborative links amongst veterinarinary associations and the emerging dental technicians that has remained largely collaborative to this day in the UK and US at least. Together these and other luminaries, assisted by generations of subsequent minions, and supported by equine practitioners in Europe and the UK, started a prodigious era of evidence-based publications and Equine dentistry was dragged screaming and kicking out of the medieval darkness, to be able to sit alongside dentistry in comparative species. In the first part of the 21st century a generation of undergraduates had received training in equine dentistry at many veterinary schools, many of which can be traced back to individuals who came into contact with the achievements at the Royal Dick. At this point there was sufficient scientific foundation for equine dentistry to be eligible to be accepted by specialist dental colleges in Europe and the USA, and despite some inevitable teething troubles, both the EVDC and AVDC now include an Equine speciality that learns from and compliments the other companion species. As the primary conductor in this orchestra, Equine undergraduates, veterinarians specialising in equine dentistry, dental technicians, and horses owe Professor Dixon considerable gratitude, for his rigour and drive. We hope that Prof Dixon will remain active and contribute to this College for many years despite hanging up his boots at the Royal Dick.
Henry Tremaine, February 2021