August 2023


University of Liverpool obtains AVMA COE Accreditation and AAVMC Member Institution status

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to welcome University of Liverpool as a fully accredited member institution. The University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science recently obtained its American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council of Education accreditation status. Learn more here.

AVMA and AAVMC applaud first-ever Senate Veterinary Medicine Caucus

The U.S. Senate has established a Veterinary Medicine Caucus for the first time in its history. The caucus will focus on increasing awareness toward veterinary-related matters in Congress, educating lawmakers and their staffs about the challenges facing the profession, and advancing legislation that benefits the veterinary community. Learn more here.

Meetings and Events

The 2023 Veterinary Scholars Symposium (VSS) was a major success!

A group of AAVMC staff headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico for this year’s Veterinary Scholars Symposium (VSS) during the first week of August. 


Nearly 800 students and faculty from our member institutions made their way to Puerto Rico for invaluable learning and networking opportunities. VSS had two full days of programming, including multiple Plenary Sessions, Mentor Panels, Breakout Sessions, and poster presentations. Additional on-site events during the week included the Combined Degree Colloquium, Becoming Faculty Workshop, plus several receptions and commemorative banquets.


As always, the student poster sessions were the highlight of the event, affording students the opportunity to present their research and answer questions about their projects. Poster topics included Immunology, Oncology, Parasitology, Pharmacology and toxicology, virology, production animal medicine, One Health, Small animal medicine and surgery, and more! View the abstract booklet here.


AAVMC would like to thank our wonderful sponsors for making this event possible. We extend our gratitude to Boehringer Ingelheim, National Institutes of Health, Morris Animal Foundation, USDA, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research for their support of the veterinary student summer research programs.


Save the date for VSS 2024: August 8 – 10, 2024. Stay tuned for details and registration information.  

Thank You Sponsors

Poster Displays

Great Networking Opportunities

Diversity and Inclusion

Webinar On Demand

It's nearly veterinary admissions time again. As a reminder, the VMCAS deadline is September 18th at 11:59pm.

Interested in learning more about AAVMC's research on veterinary school admissions and potential challenges with unconscious bias, be sure to visit AAVMC's two-part webinar series from 2022. The series explores evidence of unconscious bias in veterinary school admissions as well as data from an AAVMC study on admissions policies and practices and how they affect the applicant admissions experience. Visit AAVMC Learn to watch the recordings from September 2022. 


Two-Part Series focused on Admissions Practices and Applicant Impact is available On-Demand.


Series 1 - A conversation to discuss the Admissions Cycle for 2021 and Outcomes featuring Dr. Lisa Greenhill and guests Dr. Jim Lloyd, Consultant and Diana Dabdub, Director of Admissions and Recruitment Affairs

Series 2 - A conversation to discuss the findings of an AAVMC survey on Admissions Practices conducted in 2021 featuring Dr. Lisa Greenhill and guests Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu, Michigan State University and Dr. Flo Tseng, Tufts University. 

  • Access the Webinars here.

Training Opportunities

Registration is now open for this fall's Unconscious Bias training! The first training kicks off on September 13th. Register one of 6 dates. The program is offered through AAVMC Learn and is free to members of the AAVMC community. This is a great opportunity for your search and admissions committee members to receive training. 


This 2-hour session focuses on understanding unconscious bias and its impact on decision-making. Participants will learn about how neuroscience, personal values, and group formation and dynamics influence everyone's decision-making. Small group work and interactive engagement help participants develop mitigation strategies for tackling unconscious bias. 


Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Understand the basic neuroscience of bias.
  • Be able to describe how personal values inform unconscious bias.
  • Be able to describe different kinds of bias.
  • Describe the two kinds of social groups.
  • Explain how bias operates within groups.
  • Describe strategies for mitigating unconscious bias.

Register here.



This 90-minute session focuses on understanding context communication and its impact on teams. Participants will learn about their own communication style, barriers to clear communication across context, and strategies for bridging varying styles across work teams. The first course kicks off September 13th, register for one of 5 dates.



Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Differentiate the types of cultural communication.
  • Examine personal communication styles and preferences.
  • Explain how leadership is impacted by this aspect of diversity.

Register here.

Purdue’s Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

The Purdue University Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine is a fully-online course designed for everyone in the veterinary field who seeks to improve their communication, leadership, and cultural competency skills. We believe these skills are necessary to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse society and create work and learning environments that are welcoming and supportive for all.


The AAVMC provides matching funds for faculty, staff, interns, and residents at member institutions to complete Purdue’s Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Pay full price for one registration and get a second one for free. Registrant pairs must fall into the same category (faculty, staff, or intern/resident) and be registered at the same time.

AAVMC provides $10K annually in matching funds. The Buy One, Get One free funding is available on a first come, first served basis until funding for the year is exhausted. Please email us at [email protected] or visit our website for more information.

Diversity & Inclusion On Air

Catch up on these recent episodes:

8/15/23 - Visionary Leadership with Dr. Wilie M. Reed, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

8/17/23 - Trauma-Informed Teaching with Drs. Lynn Maki and Christine Frank of University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine

Tune in here.


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Professional Development

Call for abstracts for the 2024 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, April 11-13, 2024 in Washington, DC

The AAVMC is seeking proposals in the following topics: 

  • Climate change education
  • Iverson Bell Symposium (DEI)
  • Spectrum of Care (SOC) Symposium
  • Admissions
  • Wellbeing
  • Topics in Education (i.e. assessment, CBVE, etc.) 

The deadline is 8-29-23, submit abstracts here.

Veterinary Educator Symposium (VES)

We are seeking to grow our poster session at VES - October 27th-28th! 


This late call is for abstracts for posters only and will be open until August 31st at 11:59pm PT. 


Please submit abstracts for posters for consideration via the following link.


VMCAS Q&A Webinars

August 29th at 1:00pm ET

The VMCAS 2024 Q&A Webinar series offers an opportunity to get helpful tips directly from the highly knowledgeable VMCAS Support team. This is your chance to ask questions and have them answered live. The open format will allow for maximum audience participation and engagement. While students in the current application cycle are strongly encouraged to attend, we invite advisors and prospective applicants.  

Register here.

AAVMC Technical Standards Webinar

September 14th, 11am-12:30pm ET



Technical standards for veterinary education are an increasingly important topic given the rise in the admission of students with disabilities across the health professions. In 2022, the AAVMC convened a committee, which included a diverse group of veterinary medicine faculty and external disability experts, to engage in a robust conversation regarding technical standards for veterinary medical education. The outcome of the eight-month-long interactive process was the creation of an exemplary set of technical standards. 


To disseminate, provide context, and assist schools in developing technical standards that reflect the value of veterinarians with disabilities and advances in technology and communication access, the AAVMC offered a free webinar for its members in March 2023, and will offer a reprise of that webinar with updates on September 14th


The presenters will again provide an overview of their committee’s process for review, the legal and educational implications for technical standards, the importance of welcoming and inclusive language, review examples of inclusive and restrictive technical standards domains, outline reasonable clinical accommodations, and present an updated set of exemplary standards for program consideration. 


Accommodations: Real time captioning will be provided, requests for additional accommodations should be sent to [email protected] by September 1st. 


Learning Objectives:  


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 


  • Articulate the intended use, legal and educational implications, and critical elements of inclusive technical standards


  • Compare and contrast the difference between technical standards and learning objectives 


  • Apply recommendations to the review and revision of technical standards that are reflective of best practices




Liz Arnold, VetMB, MA, Lecturer in Veterinary Practice (Small Animal Medicine), Bristol Veterinary School, UK 


Erin Williams Benson, MPA, Director, Disability Resource Center, University of Georgia


Roslyn Casimir, DVM, MS, DACVP, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathiobiology, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine


Grace Clifford, MAEd, Director of Disability Services, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles


Caroline El-Khoury, MA, MBA, Assistant Dean of Student Success, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Lisa Meeks, PhD, MA, Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Family Medicine, The University of Michigan Medical School, Executive Director, Docs With Disabilities Initiative 


S. Kathleen Salisbury, DVM, MS, DACVS, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor, Small Animal Surgery, Purdue University  


Leslie Sprunger, DVM, PhD, Associate Dean, Professional Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University 


Register here to tune in on September 14, 2023.


Leadership Academy - 2024 Cohort - September 12-14, 2023, Denver, Colorado

Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) - October 18-21, 2023 - Register now!

Veterinary Educator Symposium (VES) - October 27-28, 2023 - Register now!

Deans Leadership Conference - By Invitation - January 11-13, 2024

AAVMC Annual Conference & Iverson Bell Symposium - April 11-13, 2024, Washington, DC

Awards and People In Motion

- Leah Cohn has been named interim dean for the MU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Cohn previously served as the interim associate dean for academic and student affairs in the CVM. The appointment was effective Aug. 1. 

Veterinary Medicine in the News

Nationwide veterinarian shortage impacts rural areas hardest, industry's remedy underway, not immediate

NBC 26


Inaugural Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Willie Reed



AKC Canine Health Foundation publishes 1,000th scientific publication

DVM 360


Clemson names Steven Marks founding dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine

Clemson News


MU researchers warning farmers after invasive tick discovered in Boone County

Fox 4


'Spectrum of care' emerges as a veterinary approach

VIN News Service


Montana not immune to nationwide veterinarian shortage



An Emerging VOICE In Veterinary Care

Lavender Magazine


Vietnam approves commercial use of first African swine fever vaccines


Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Consumers Reports

More full-ride scholarships open to veterinary students

VIN News Service

West Virginia abandons plans for veterinary school

VIN News Service

US Senate establishes a new Veterinary Caucus

DMV 360


From Our Members

Champion Dressage Horse Saved with Colic Surgery

UC Davis


LSU Vet Med Professor Promoted To Associate Dean For Clinical Programs

Louisiana State University


Charting a course for veterinarians to be well through evidence-based wellness initiatives

The Ohio State University


Texas A&M Veterinarians Help Horse Recover From Life-Threatening Botulism

Texas A&M University



NC State’s Olby Wins 2023 AVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award

NC State University


Dogs provide critical support for homeless people, study finds

University of Bristol


Ceremony Recognizes Unsung Heroes: War Dogs

University of Tennessee


Genomics researcher named associate dean at college

University of Florida

Visit by Chinese Veterinary Students Renews Exchange Relationship with Sichuan Agricultural University

Purdue University

K-State veterinarians to develop vaccines for cattle and swine diseases with new grants

Kansas State University

Empowering Women for Better Lives for People and Animals

Tuffs University

UT College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Announces Plans to Retire

University of Tennessee


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