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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Student american veterinary medical association duty hours guidelines

1 College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
2 School of Veterinary Medicine, St. George's University, St. George's, Grenada
3 College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
4 Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, CO, USA
5 College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
6 Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
7 Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
8 American Veterinary Medical Association, Schaumburg, IL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Stéphie-Anne C Duliepre
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 602 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_11_19

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At the 2011 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium, the SAVMA House of Delegates officially endorsed its Duty Hours Guidelines. The purpose of the guidelines was to provide guidance to veterinary students at all SAVMA Chapters on appropriate duty hours during clinical rotations. A need to revisit the duty hour guidelines arose in 2018 as veterinary students throughout the United States expressed concerns with the applicability of some guidelines in their clinical years. To reflect the needs of all SAVMA Chapters, the guidelines were revised in light of current veterinary medical trends. Feedback was solicited from students and faculty at all 34 SAVMA Chapters with clinical programs via surveys and in person meetings. A total of 19 Chapters provided input that highlighted areas for improvement. Thus, SAVMA wishes to make clear the needs of veterinary students on their clinical rotations and provide revised duty hours guidelines. Although SAVMA does not have the regulatory authority to enforce compliance, the organization strongly encourages all AVMA-accredited institutions to both embrace and comply with the newly revised and recommended guidelines.

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