Alternate RouteApplication for the Board Examination and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
“Case studies” or “case reports” are activities to assist a mentor and candidate with the discussion of a situation or condition. Case studies / case reports generally include:
As an example, a mentor might define a specific situation (e.g., dairy operation, animal shelter, elephant enclosure) where the candidate could compare, contrast, list, rank order the issues or circumstances inherent to the situation that might affect animal welfare, and the mentor could request a candidate provide a paradigm for a modified, and potentially enhanced outcome for the animal(s). The purpose of the exercise is to identify factors affecting welfare, consideration of factor interaction upon welfare, and professional decision-making regarding options and choices supportive of good welfare outcomes. These case studies / case reports are documentable in the candidate’s application of the alternate pathway as demonstrable evidence of focused interaction with the diplomate mentor and attentiveness to welfare principles and applications.