Competency-based animal health mentoring framework is an approach modelled after competency-based veterinary education framework which was designed to equip professionals by guided mentoring, objectively assessing improvements in competencies and abilities to meet the needs of the animal and the expectations of the society. The competency-based animal health framework consists of four domains of competencies, each representing a group of related abilities necessary for animal health and veterinary graduates.
Brooke competency-based animal health mentoring framework outlines the essential competencies as well as measurable indicators to be used when attending cases in the field and defines the expected clinical quality while attending animal health needs. The framework is a form of work-based assessment which helps bridge skill and resource gaps through identification of individual service provider skill level that uses multi-competency framework and allows case-based mentoring to occur as part of the process. It is based on Veterinary Competency framework and requires that a service provider a an advocate of animal welfare, an effective communicator, an excellent practitioner and demonstrate good clinical governance. The four areas provides a base to build good practice using a valid and reliable tool that provides evidence of non-negotiable actions (red-flags). The process provides a platform for effective personalised mentoring in the field, or within a training institution, and encourages reflection by the mentee during and after the process. The data collected is also used as part of clinical quality monitoring by looking at areas of weakness demonstrated across all animal health practice.