During the program, candidates – having completed a general and a specialized module – are asked to gather 25 well-documented clinical cases or audits. The WVEPAH provides students with a model for reporting their clinical cases in a relatively uniform way. They must, alongside other elements, include case identification, history and situation, clinical examination results, laboratory results, differential diagnosis, diagnosis and prognosis, measures taken and their results. At least 60% of the clinical cases/audits must be related to the completed specialized module.
Three cases from the 25 are chosen by the candidate for in-depth reports. They must relate to three different subjects and include a complete presentation of the case, illustrations (if necessary), bibliographical references on the subject and a discussion (minimum 5000 words). The candidate must demonstrate an overall knowledge of the subject. Generally, a case report should be complete with references and appendices.
Each report will be examined by a member of the exam committee and the average overall final grade for the reports must be 30 or more out of 50.
The final individual grade for the clinical cases is the average of all the clinical case grades. If this average is less than 30, the candidate will be invited to submit a revised version of the failed report(s) or to submit additional cases within 6 months of the date of notification.
Published cases can be submitted. Scientific publications are automatically accepted.
The clinical case reports must be written in English, French or Spanish. If they are in another language, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
If, in their daily work, students can demonstrate that they have no access to clinical cases, they can prepare three short theses on topics related to both their work and veterinary avian topics. Each thesis must be a minimum of 20000 words, not including the list of references.
The candidate should submit the clinical cases, audits or short theses to the WVEPAH office.