July 2023


AAVMC launches VetMed Pathways

AAVMC is excited to announce the launch of VetMed Pathways, an innovative initiative aimed at inspiring and educating the next generation of veterinarians. The mission is clear: promote and ignite a passion for veterinary medicine among students of all ages. Coming soon, a new website, vetmedpathways.com, will nurture a deep passion for veterinary medicine, equipping students with the knowledge and inspiration for successful careers in this incredible field.

Serving as a dynamic online hub, the website will offer captivating recruitment materials and interactive tools that engage and empower prospective veterinary students from elementary school to graduation.

Through the VetMed Pathways website, students can explore the remarkable journeys of

real-life veterinarians, gaining valuable insights into the diverse paths and experiences within the field. But that's not all—interactive tools and games will transform learning about veterinary medicine into an exhilarating adventure. Whether you're a student, recruiter, or advisor, VetMed Pathways has you covered. Moreover, AAVMC will soon release a comprehensive resource guide to help schools maximize the potential of VetMed Pathways, ensuring that recruiters and advisors have the necessary resources at their fingertips to engage, educate, and inspire their students. Stay tuned for more updates!

Collaborating with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to Address Barriers to Practicing Across the Spectrum of Care


As veterinary students embark on their journey toward becoming skilled and compassionate practitioners, one fear often looms large in their minds: litigation. The mere thought of facing legal challenges and the potential consequences it may have on their professional careers can be paralyzing. This fear creates a significant barrier for students and new practitioners, that may hinder their confidence in practicing across the spectrum of care and providing the best possible support to their patients and clients.


Traditionally, students are trained to provide a "gold standard" of care, which typically involves offering advanced and often expensive forms of treatment, usually accompanied by lots of diagnostic tests. While this approach emphasizes thoroughness and precision, it inadvertently contributes to the misconception that deviating from this "gold standard" equates to providing lesser care, thereby increasing the risk of litigation.


The AAVMC-SOCI Task Force is actively working to combat this misperception. By joining forces with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), we aim to help inform students and new practitioners about what actually places one at risk for litigation and about how practicing across the spectrum does not equate to providing substandard care. Beth Venit, Chief Veterinary Officer at AAVSB hopes to convey to leaners that, “Veterinary Medical Boards consider Spectrum of Care conversations, and documentation of those conversations, to be integral to the decision-making process and proper medical recordkeeping. They do not require the veterinarian to always follow the "gold standard" if that's not what the client wishes. Good client communication requires a veterinarian to discuss the full spectrum of services to the client, and to create and document a plan that makes the most sense for the patient and client. This documentation is the veterinarian's best resource, should there ever be a complaint and Board investigation.”


As part of this partnership, the SOCI team will be presenting at the AAVSB annual meeting and conference in Kansas City on September 29, 2023. The presentation, titled "A Collaborative Approach to Spectrum of Care: Bridging Education, Regulation, and Practice," aims to bring together stakeholders from the veterinary education and regulatory realms to find ways to improve the preparation of veterinary students to practice across the spectrum of care. By fostering collaboration and open dialogue, the SOCI team hopes to identify strategies and resources that empower future veterinarians to navigate the complex landscape of veterinary medicine with confidence.


Through these collaborative efforts, the veterinary community can take significant strides in addressing the fear of litigation among students and new practitioners. By providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge, and support, we can help alleviate their anxieties and enable them to practice medicine with competence and compassion. Ultimately, this will benefit veterinarians and their patients and clients, as they will be able to focus on delivering the best possible contextualized care without misinformed fears of litigation.


We look forward to the productive discussions and collaborations that lie ahead and to the positive impact we can make on the veterinary profession.


Diversity and Inclusion

AAVMC is pleased to recognize July as Disability Pride Month. The following resources are recommended to both engage and learn more:


  • View our YouTube Disability Playlist here.


  • Check out our Disability Soundcloud Playlist here.



  • Catch the replay of the Diversity on Air Podcast Episode with Jay Dolmage here.


  • Join us for the upcoming AAVMC Reads on July 24th by registering here. 


The latest AAVMC Reads will focus on Queer Identities & Experiences in Higher Education. Unlike previous Reads, this edition of the reading program will feature articles on the discussion topic. The articles will cover a wide range of topics including intersectional challenges with respect to race and disability status. As always, the program will feature online discussions as well as a capstone Zoom discussion that will be held on July 24th at 4pm ET.


Registration is free and open to anyone!


Register here now!

Catch our next episode on July 21st at 3pm ET!

Tune in live or check out previous episodes 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.

2023 FFAR Vet Fellows

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) jointly announce the 2023 Cohort of FFAR Vet Fellows.

A list of the 2023 FFAR Vet Fellows can be found here.


Veterinary Scholars Symposium (VSS, formerly NVSS)- August 3-5, 2023

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

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

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

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

Awards and People In Motion

-Dr. Willie Reed, Dean, Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine named AVMA’s first Frederick Douglass Patterson Award winner

-Dr. Phillip D. Nelson former Dean of Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine awarded the 2023 AVMA Meritorious Service Award

- Dr. Mark Markel, Dean, University of Madison-Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine will be stepping down as Dean in the summer of 2024, but was recently named as President-Elect to the AO Foundation, the world’s largest orthopedic education foundation.

Veterinary Medicine in the News

FFAR Vet Student Fellow Research Spotlight: Investigating the Rapid Decline of the Long Island Sound American Lobster



The Promising Potential Of AI Tools In Veterinary Medicine



New report links pet ownership with human health care savings



Enhancing canine wellness: The promise of immunotherapy for dogs



$1.7M donation helps address veterinary shortage

Veterinary Practice News


Wildfire smoke is bad for pets, too. Here’s how to keep them safe

CNN Health


Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine names founding dean



Surgeons perform kidney transplants in cats amid rising demand for advanced pet care

ABC News


Graduation inspiration for veterinarians at every stage of their careers


Veterinary Dean receives inaugural award for lifetime contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion


Dr. Phillip Nelson named recipient of 2023 AVMA Meritorious Service Award


AVMA honors Zoetis executive Dr. Christine Jenkins and Tuskegee veterinary Dean Dr. Ruby Perry for DEI leadership



From Our Members

Tuskegee’s Veterinary Medicine College is Sustaining It’s Legacy through

$5 Million in Industry Partnerships

Tuskegee University

ITufts Scholar at Risk—Ukrainian Vladlen Ushakov

Tufts University


RVC celebrates milestone with 500th stored feline blood donation

Royal Veterinary College


Competitive Scholarship Supports Ph.D. Student’s Veterinary Journey

Texas A&M University


UF veterinary oncology program gets boost via the Ann and Lawrence G. Laiks Canine Cancer Fund

University of Florida


OVC Researchers Aim to Improve Dairy Calf Care and Management

University of Guelph


Dean Mark Stetter’s Message on Supreme Court Decision Ending Affirmative Action

UC Davis


Lyme disease in horses

Cornell University


Cray Takes Reins of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Global Health Program

NC State University


The Veterinary Medicine UURAF Experience

Michigan State University


Vroegindewey Helps Lead International Emergency Simulation

Lincoln Memorial University 

Gene editing could rid sheep of problematic long tails

Washington State University

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