Peer Advisor (Equine Veterinarian)
Opportunity to contribute to the development of the College’s Quality Assurance Program
Peer Advisor (Equine Veterinarian)
The College is currently seeking an equine veterinarian in clinical practice for the role of Peer Advisor in the Peer Advisory Conversation.
The College has introduced the Peer Advisory Conversation, a voluntary pilot program that is underway until 2019. The purpose of the pilot is to develop a program that instills public trust in the quality of care provided by Ontario veterinarians, and eventually will be considered as a core component of a future mandatory Quality Assurance Program. The pilot program is being conducted to ensure it’s relevant, accessible, and acceptable to the profession.
To be eligible to serve in the Peer Advisor role, a licensed member is required to meet specific criteria which includes:
- hold an active general licence with the College;
- have excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- demonstrate ethical and professional practice;
- demonstrate a commitment to their own professional development and enjoy assisting others in their learning;
- be a practicing veterinarian with at least five years of experience;
- have no discipline findings;
- no complaints proceedings with action taken within the last six years;
- able to commit to a three-year term as Peer Advisor;
- no current involvement on a College committee, task force or staff role;
- not be an employee, officer or director of a professional veterinary association; and
- have a degree of flexibility in work schedule.
The Peer Advisor is responsible for conducting and guiding veterinarians through a conversation related to their practice to assure quality, and providing feedback on continuing professional development opportunities. As an ambassador of the College, the Peer Advisor facilitates member engagement in continually improving their practice through reflection and ongoing learning. The Peer Advisor demonstrates commitment to the public interest voice of the profession and the privilege of self-regulation.
The successful candidate will participate in a one-day training workshop to be held at the College office in Guelph.
The next phase of the Peer Advisory Conversation Pilot will run from November 2017 to March 2018.
During that time, it's anticipated that Peer Advisors will each conduct 1 to 5 conversations.
For each assignment, the Peer Advisor is matched with a conversation participant who is a licensed veterinarian in clinical practice that has volunteered to participate in the process. The Peer Advisor conducts a one-time conversation with the participant using guided tools focused on three areas:
- a Continuing Professional Development discussion,
- a review of four medical records submitted by the veterinarian in advance, and a Chart Stimulated Recall discussion based on those medical records, and
- a Non-Technical Skills discussion.
Following the conversation, the Peer Advisor prepares a written report which is shared with the participant.
Conversations are anticipated to be approximately 2 hours in length, and during Pilot Phase 3, half will be conducted by telephone or video conference, and half will be conducted in person.
Further information regarding the Peer Advisory Conversation is available on the College’s website at www.cvo.org/PAC.
Peer Advisors receive remuneration on a flat fee basis for training days and for each conversation assignment. Travel expenses related to training and conversations, if any, are reimbursed by the College according to current College policies.
Application and Selection
Interested veterinarians are asked to complete and submit the Information Form, including references from three peers that are licensed veterinarians in Ontario, along with a current resume. Please fax or email your application to the attention of Megan Callaway, Principal, Quality Assurance & Improvement.
The selection process for this role will include a telephone interview by a selection panel, and review by the Quality Assurance Committee.
Should you wish to talk about this exciting opportunity further, please contact Dr. Kim Lambert, Associate Registrar, Quality Practice, at 519-824-5600 or toll-free 1-800-424-2856 extension 2236.