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Certification Review
¨ç Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Certification Review shall consist of Qualification Review and Written Exam. A candidate must achieve specified standards to be certified. The evaluation criteria and the methods of the Written Exam are outlined in [Appendix 1].
¨è A candidate must pay an application fee to be reviewed for certification. The amount of the fee shall be determined separately.
 
Qualification Review Criteria
¨ç Member of Korean Veterinary Medical Association among veterinarians authorized by the Veterinarian Law
¨è Registered member of KCLAM for two or more years at the time of application
¨é Primary author (or correspondent author) of one or more papers related to laboratory animal or animal experiment published on SCI (including SCI-E) journals or journals registered with Korea Research Foundation (including candidate journals) at the time of application
¨ê Candidate who satisfies one or more of the following criteria at the time of application
  1. 5 years of experiences as an associate at a laboratory animal facility
  2. 3 years of experience as an associate under tutelage of a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
  3. Master's degree holder in Laboratory Animal Medicine with 1 year of experience under tutelage of a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
  4. Doctorate degree holder in Laboratory Animal Medicine
¨ë Candidate who completed a training and education program (2 year) recognized by KCLAM at the time of application
 
Certificate Registration
¨ç The President of KCLAM shall issue the Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Certificate to those who pass the Certification Review and register for certification. The newly certified shall be registered in the list of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians.
¨è Those who pass the Certification Review must pay a certification fee to be officially certified. The amount of the fee shall be determined separately.
 
Maintenance of Certificate
¨ç The Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Certificate is valid for 5 years after certification.
¨è Those who wish to retain their certificate beyond the term of validation must apply for recertification prior to the end of validation during the period announced by the Chairman.
¨é For recertification, candidates will be reviewed for the following.
  1. Whether KCLAM membership was maintained after acquiring the Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Certificate
  2. Must score 80 or higher based on the Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Recertification Qualification Criteria specified in [Appendix 2]

¨ê Those who wish to be reviewed for recertification must pay a review fee upon application. The amount of the fee shall be determined separately.
¨ë Those who pass the recertification review must pay a certification fee. The amount of the fee shall be determined separately.
 
Revocation of Certification
¨ç A Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Certificate can be revoked for a veterinarian who engages in acts that undermine KCLAM ' s reputation or in conflict with KCLAM ' s objectives.
¨è Certification can be revoked if misconduct is found related to the certification review process.
 
Preliminary Registration
¨ç Those who do not register their certificates immediately after successfully passing the certification review process and those who are not recertified ( ¡° Preliminary Registrant ¡± hereunder) are registered in the Preliminary Registration list. Preliminary Registrants are not officially certified as Laboratory Animal Veterinarians.
¨è Preliminary Registrants cannot participate in the operation and activities of the certification policy. Also, Preliminary Registrants cannot exercise their rights as Laboratory Animal Veterinarians.
¨é A Preliminary Registrant can be certified as a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian with one of the following methods.
  1. Certificate registration according to Item 1, Section 9
  2. Apply for recertification, pass the recertification review process and pay the certification fee
¨ê Preliminary registration is valid for 5 years. However, the term of validity can be extended in special circumstances upon request from the Preliminary Registrant.
 
Honorary Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
¨ç An individual who has made significant contributions in the field of Laboratory Animal Medicine can be endowed with a certificate of Honorary Laboratory Animal Veterinarian.
¨è An Honorary Laboratory Animal Veterinarian shall not be asked of his/her qualifications as a veterinarian, and the recipients of the title shall be determined by the board of directors based on recommendations from the Committee or KCLAM.
¨é An Honorary Laboratory Animal Veterinarian shall not bear any financial responsibilities such as payment of the certification fee, cannot participate in the operation of the certification policy, and does not have voting rights. However, An Honorary Laboratory Animal Veterinarian may participate in various activities related to the certification policy.
 
Senior Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A retired Laboratory Animal Veterinarian who is 60 years old or older can submit an application to the Committee to be registered as a Senior Laboratory Animal Veterinarian. A Senior Laboratory Animal Veterinarian is certified as a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian.
 
Fees
Review and certification fees for (re)certification of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians are as follows.
  1. The certification review fee shall be 200,000 won. An applicant who has passed the Written Exam and has not re-applied for review for 2 years shall be entitled to pay 50% of the normal fee.
  2. The certification fee for certification review shall be 200,000 won.
  3. The review fee for recertification review shall be 100,000 won.
  4. The certification fee for recertification review shall be 100,000 won.
  5. The fees for Senior Laboratory Animal Veterinarians shall be determined separately.

[Appendix 1]
Evaluation Criteria and Examination Methods for Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Certification
 
1. Laboratory Animal Veterinarian Evaluation Criteria
A. The total point shall be calculated by adding the written exam points and bonus points. The written exam and bonus points shall be calculated based on perfect scores of 100 and 20, respectively.
B. Applicants who score below 70 in the written exam shall not be considered for certification. Assessment shall be performed based on relative evaluation of applications who score 70 or higher. The ratio of the candidates being certified shall be determined by the Committee each year and announced prior to examination.
C. Applicants who pass the written exam by scoring 70 or higher are exempt from written exams for 2 subsequent years when re-applying for certification. However, if an applicant who passed the written exam decides to re-take the exam in one of the two following years, he/she can apply for certification with the highest score obtained.
 
2. Written Exam
A. The written exam shall consist of a required subject ¡°General Laboratory Animal Medicine¡± and an elective subject ¡°Specific Laboratory Animal Medicine¡±. The general and specific subjects shall be scored out of 80 and 20 points, respectively, making the maximum written score 100.
B. ¡°General Laboratory Animal Medicine¡± covers common knowledge that are not confined to particular animal species as well as animal biology of each species, diseases of rodents (mice, rats) and basic knowledge about each animal species.
C. Applicant shall choose one subject among the following five ¡°Specific Laboratory Animal Medicine¡±.
 1) Subjects for ¡°Specific Laboratory Animal Medicine¡±
  (1) Hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits
  (2) Dogs, cats
  (3) Pigs, goats, sheep
  (4) Non-human primates
  (5) Amphibia, reptiles, fish (including zebra fish)
  (6) The Written Exam shall consist of multiple choice questions with 5 options.
 
3. Assessment Criteria for Bonus Points

A. Primary author (or correspondent author) of a paper related to laboratory animals or animal experiment published on a journal with a review process (Maximum 10 points)
  1) SCI Journal: 2 points/paper
  2) SCI-E Journal: 1.5 points/paper
  3) Journal registered with Korea Research Foundation: 1 point/paper
  4) Candidate Journal of Korean Research Foundation: 0.5 points/paper
B. Experience of associate at a laboratory animal facility (Maximum 10 points)
  1) Experience of 10 years or more: 10 points
  2) Experience of 9 ? 10 years: 9 points
  3) Experience of 8 - 9 years: 8 points
  4) Experience of 7 - 8 years: 7 points
  5) Experience of 6 - 7 years: 6 points
  6) Experience of 5 - 6 years: 5 points
  7) Experience of 4 - 5 years: 4 points
  8) Experience of 3 - 4 years: 3 points
  9) Experience of 2 - 3 years: 2 points
  10) Experience of 1 -2 years 1 point
C. Academic Degree (Maximum 4 points)
  1) Doctorate: Laboratory Animal Medicine (4 points), Other Fields (2 points)
  2) Master's: Laboratory Animal Medicine (2 points), Other Fields (1 point)
D. Outstanding Achievement on KCLAM Training Programs (Maximum 4 points)
  1) Participated in 8 Training Programs: 4 points
  2) Participated in 7 Training Programs: 3 points
  3) Participated in 6 Training Programs: 2 points
  4) Participated in 5 Training Programs: 1 point

[Appendix £²]
Assessment Criteria for Recertification of Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
 
1. General Criteria
A. Points will be assessed based on applicant's activities during the 5 years after being certified as a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian.
B. Activities are categorized into Primary and Secondary Categories, and item scores will be added to calculate the total score for each category.
C. A minimum score of 80 is required for recertification, and 40 or more points have to be earned in the Primary Category. All 80 points can be earned in the Primary Category.
D. If an applicant does not have sufficient points for recertification, he/she can take the Written Exam to earn additional points. 1/2 of the points received on the Written Exam shall be counted towards recertification in the Primary Category.
 
2. Primary Category
A. Oral or poster presentations at Korean College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (KCLAM), Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science (KALAS), Korean Society for Alternative to Animal Experiments (KSAAE), American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JALAS), Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Association (FELASA), or European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians (ESLAV; LAVA).
  1) Primary author (or correspondent author): 4 points/presentation (8 points for presentations made overseas)
  2) Co-author: 2 points/presentation (4 points for presentations made overseas)
B. Participation in Workshop held by KCLAM: 5 points/workshop
Workshops held by KCLAM refer to training programs, seminars and hands-on sessions administered by KCLAM. Same points will be awarded to applicants who participated in the events as a lecturer or speaker.
C. Written Exam score required for recertification

3. Secondary Category
A. Oral or poster presentation at life science societies other than Korean College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (KCLAM), Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science (KALAS), Korean Society for Alternative to Animal Experiments (KSAAE), American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JALAS), Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Association (FELASA), and European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians (ESLAV; LAVA).
  1) Primary author (or correspondent author): 2 points/presentation
  2) Co-author: 1 points/presentation
 
B. Academic papers related to life sciences published on journals with a review process
  1) Primary author (or correspondent author): 6 points/paper
  2) Co-author: 3 points/paper
C. Experience in a leading role for a research institute related to laboratory animal facilities (Maximum 10 points). The adequacy of the institute shall be determined by the Committee.
  1) Experience of 5 years or more: 10 points
  2) Experience of 4 -5 years: 8 points
  3) Experience of 3 -4 years: 6 points
  4) Experience of 2 -3 years: 4 points
  5) Experience of 1 -2 years: 2 points
D. Earning a Doctorate Degree (Laboratory Animal Medicine): 5 points
E. Earning a Master's Degree (Laboratory Animal Medicine): 2 points
F. Editorial on animal experiments or laboratory animals (Newspaper, magazine, TV, radio): 3 points
G. Publishing a book on animal experiments or laboratory animals: 5 points
 
 
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