ECLAM Mission statement:
The primary objectives of the College shall be to further scientific progress in Laboratory Animal Medicine in Europe and increase the competency of those who practise in this field by:
- establishing standards for post-graduate education, training and experience as a prerequisite, and examination, for qualification as a Specialist in Laboratory Animal Medicine;
- establishing routes through education, training and experience that provide the most time-efficient pathway to qualify for examination;
- providing an alternative route for candidates unable or unwilling to enroll in formal standard training programmes;
- ensuring that all training and/or experience requirements and all prerequisites for examination eligibility are relevant to the assessment of the candidates’ qualification;
- examining and authenticating veterinarians as specialists in Laboratory Animal Medicine; and
- developing and supervising continuing education programmes in Laboratory Animal Medicine.
The European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM) is a veterinary speciality organisation established within Europe for the speciality of laboratory animal medicine (LAM) and, like other veterinary specialty colleges, is overseen by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS www.ebvs.org). ECLAM was founded in 2000 following an initiative of the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians and was awarded full recognization by EBVS in 2008.
A new strategy from the EBVS is that colleges should commit themselves to the development of a culture, which recognises the importance of quality, and quality assurance, in its activities. To this end the board will work on developing and implementing a strategy for the continuous enhancement of quality.
The EBVS has define what constitutes a Diplomate in regards of Knowledge, Skills and Competencies. Read the document here.