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January 2024


Spectrum of Care Initiative

Registration is open. We look forward to seeing you in DC!


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American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Announces 2024 Award Winners

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce our 2024 award winners. These awards represent significant professional achievement in veterinary medicine through research, diversity, leadership, and teaching.

The award winners are: 

Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service:

  • Dr. India Lane, University of Tennessee

Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis:

  • Dr. Rance K. Sellon, Washington State University

Excellence in Research Award:

  • Dr. Qijing Zhang, Iowa State University

Iverson Bell Award:

  • Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Monica Howard, Iowa State University

View the official press release here.

VMCAS Update

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) 2024-2025 application cycle will open on January 23, 2024 and will close on September 16, 2024. From January to May, applicants can focus on the main VMCAS application. Starting May 9, 2024, veterinary school programs will be available, allowing applicants to complete program-specific questions.

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Fiscal Year 2024 Application Cycle  


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) announces the opening of the fiscal year (FY) 2024 application cycle. NIFA anticipates that approximately $10 million in funding will be available in FY24 to help mitigate food animal veterinary service shortages in the United States. VMLRP helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medical degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage areas. 


The VMLRP supports NIFA’s Animal Systems portfolio by facilitating professional workforce development in critical agricultural sectors related to animal health and well-being. The program contains two general categories of participation: 


Mitigation of private veterinary practice shortage situations. 


Mitigation of public veterinary practice and specialty veterinary discipline shortage situations. 


VMLRP awardees commit to providing at least three years of food animal veterinary services in a designated veterinary shortage area in return for payments of up to $25,000 of student loan debt per year with a maximum of $75,000 for a three-year contract. VMLRP awardees are eligible to reapply to continue to serve their originally awarded shortage situation area in the last year of their contract or one year after their contract ends. 


The VMLRP Request for Applications (RFA) and the 2024 veterinary shortage situations are now available. A new requirement this year is a Letter of Intent (LOI). Specific instructions are available in the VMLRP RFA. The deadline for LOI is April 1, 2024, and the application deadline is April 12, 2024. 


Please refer to the VMLRP Annual Report for more information about the program. Questions about the VMLRP application process may be sent by email to VMLRP.applications@USDA.gov

Call for AAVMC Committees

AAVMC is currently seeking volunteers to fill vacancy positions on multiple committees. Volunteering is your opportunity to help shape the future of veterinary medical education! Any employee of an AAVMC member institution is eligible to serve unless otherwise indicated. Some committees may be limited to Full Members only and will be specified on the sign up form.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please review the open AAVMC volunteer opportunities. All committee members are appointed by the AAVMC President and commit to three years commencing after the April Annual Conference. Learn more about AAVMC Committees here

Please submit your application and supporting documents using the link associated with the committee below by January 31, 2024.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in academic veterinary medicine is a core value for the AAVMC. We welcome and encourage the nomination, including self-nomination, of members of the AAVMC community from underrepresented and/or otherwise marginalized communities for open committee positions.

If further information is warranted, please reach out to Monique Pierce, Member Engagement Manager at mpierce@aavmc.org. Please note the opportunity close date so that you do not miss a chance to be considered.


The application process closes February 12, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. All applications must be fully submitted by February 12th to qualify. Learn more and submit applications here.

Qualified students at any AAVMC U.S. institution are eligible to apply. Qualified Non-US citizens attending AAVMC U.S. Institutions are also eligible to apply.

Spectrum of Care Initiative

SOCI Spring Events and the Forthcoming SOC Education Model


The Spectrum of Care Initiative (SOCI) Task Force has some exciting upcoming in-person working sessions where they will design resources that aim to help CVMs support and strengthen spectrum of care (SOC) pedagogy in their curricula.


1. February SOCI Task Force Working Session: Denver, Colorado


The Spectrum of Care Initiative Task Force will meet in person from February 15-17 in Denver, Colorado. This gathering provides an invaluable opportunity for working groups to work together to design resources and materials to support CVMs seeking to enhance their SOC pedagogy.


Hosted at the CSU Spur facilities, the Task Force will also have a chance to check out the inspiring work being done by the Dumb Friends League. The event promises to foster innovation and collaboration, further advancing the SOCI's mission.


2. April Spectrum of Care Symposium: Washington, D.C.


We're thrilled to announce the upcoming Spectrum of Care Symposium, taking place at the AAVMC Annual Catalyze Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2024. During the Symposium, speakers will focus on how preparing students for SOCI practice can address the growing societal demand for improved access to veterinary care. They will also highlight how CVMs can meet this need through collaborations and by adopting integrated educational approaches that introduce and strengthen SOC pedagogy in their curricula.


Other sessions include a discussion panel on leveraging external partners for SOC practice preparation, a workshop on how to make curricular and cultural changes, and afternoon sessions showcasing creative examples of SOC-related learning experiences. Finally, attendees are encouraged to join the Spectrum of Care Town Hall on April 12th, which will provide some structured discussion and social networking opportunities to discuss big ideas, questions, and challenges surrounding SOC pedagogy in a collaborative environment.


Register now for the SOC Symposium!


3. Coming Soon: The SOC Education Model


A significant milestone achieved by the SOCI Task Force is the creation of the SOC Education Model. This model introduces eight competencies specific to SOC practice that align seamlessly with the CBVE Framework as illustrative sub-competencies. Each SOC sub-competency is accompanied by exemplary course-level learning outcomes to provide educators with additional guidance on enhancing SOC learning experiences in the curriculum. The Task Force developed the model using an evidence-based approach that drew on information gathered from international competency frameworks, peer-reviewed literature, and interviews and focus groups. Feedback was also collected and integrated from the broader veterinary education community.

The model will be released on the SOCI website in February, offering a valuable resource for advancing SOC pedagogy.

Diversity and Inclusion

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Professional Development

Check out our 2024 Catalyze Keynote Speakers


Veterinary Medicine in the News

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Murray State University seeking to establish Kentucky’s first school of veterinary medicine

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Is E-Prescribing the Future of Veterinary Medicine?

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The future of canine stem cell therapy: unprecedented, painless, and feeder-free

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Why suicide rates are high among veterinary professionals



FDA approves medication that extends the lifespan of dogs

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New TN Bill would ban Emotional Support Animals in food places


Hanover College joins list of budding veterinary programs

VIN News

Call for volunteers: AVMA COE seeks new members


American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges announces resignation of CEO



From Our Members

Reducing the risks of zoonotic disease transmission through responsible cat ownership

Cornell University


Veterinary Students Receive Warm Welcome at Del Mar Racetrack

UC Davis


A Look Back at 2023

Iowa State University


SARS-CoV-2 BA.2.86 is less resistant to vaccine, but may be a problem in the lung

The Ohio State University

Texas A&M Veterinarians create new strategies for treating ear issues in Kangaroos

Texas A&M University

 This student plans to pay it forward and inspire the next generation of veterinarians

Texas Tech University


Empowering Diversity in Veterinary Education through Augmented Reality

University of Arizona


BSVT Program Celebrates First Graduates

University of Missouri


By the Numbers: Penn Vet’s agricultural impact

Penn Vet


In Support of Inclusive Excellence in Veterinary Medicine

Purdue University


NC State Launches Free Virtual Club for North Carolina Residents Interested in Veterinary Medicine

North Carolina State University

No More Hole in His Heart

Tuffs University

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