June 2023


AAVMC expands partnership with HOSA

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. The HOSA-100 National Advisory Council serves as a vital champion of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Council members provide HOSA with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of perspectives; their connections to local, state national or international resources, or colleagues; their philanthropic support or other valued assistance; and promote HOSA-Future Health Professionals as the pathway for young people interested in the pursuit of careers in health beginning in middle or high school and continuing in postsecondary and collegiate institutions. The expansion of our partnership is represented with the following activities:

  • We are expanding our partnership to include the middle school division and continuing to support the Veterinary Science competition for secondary and post-secondary students.
  • AAVMC will exhibit and present during the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX, June 21-24.
  • AAVMC has been invited to serve on the HOSA-100 National Advisory Council. AAVMC will be recognized as a new HOSA 100 National Advisory Board member during the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX, June 21-24. 

AAVMC supports Health Professions Week as an advocate for the veterinary profession. Mark your calendar and bring your pet to work (offices who allow) or invite them to hang out with you on your next virtual meeting. Our pets stimulate conversation and often help lighten a mood.

Progress Report on the Spectrum of Care Initiative: Completion of the SOC Education Model and Looking Ahead to Implementation Guidelines


AAVMC’s Spectrum of Care Initiative has had a busy year, and we would like to update you on our progress. As we continue our journey in helping veterinary education programs prepare their graduates for spectrum of care practice, we have reached a significant milestone and are eagerly moving forward with our second milestone. Here's what you need to know:


Milestone 1: The SOC Education Model

We are delighted to announce the completion of the first milestone of the SOCI, which involved the creation of a SOC Education Model. This comprehensive model lays the foundation for integrating spectrum of care concepts into veterinary curricula. We are in the process of finalizing the details and will soon share the education model with the community. Stay tuned for more information on how to access this valuable resource.


Milestone 2: Implementation Guidelines

Now that the SOC Education Model has been developed, our focus will shift to the second milestone: developing implementation guidelines. These guidelines will provide CVMs with practical strategies and recommendations for incorporating spectrum of care training into their curricula. Our team is working diligently to ensure these guidelines address the needs and challenges faced by veterinary programs seeking to embed more spectrum of care pedagogy into their programs. 

On the Horizon: Building a Spectrum of Care Advisory Community


To ensure the education model and implementation guidelines meet the diverse needs of our stakeholders, we are establishing the SOC Advisory Community. This community will comprise representatives from various backgrounds, including the workforce, educators, regulatory bodies, and other key stakeholders. Their valuable input will shape the development of our initiative. Stay tuned for further updates on the SOC Advisory Community and how you can contribute to this vital effort.

Spectrum of Care Publication


We are excited to share that SOCI Task Force members Drs. Sheena Warman (first author), Heidi Banse, Deep Khosa, and Julie Noyes are all co-authors on a new publication titled "Preparing Veterinarians to Practice Across the Spectrum of Care.” which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Advances in Small Animal Care. This insightful article provides a comprehensive overview of spectrum of care and its significance to the veterinary profession. The authors describe how veterinary education programs are shifting towards outcome-based curricula that prepare graduates for practice by combining primary care and referral learning environments. To measure the success of SOC-focused training programs, collaboration between educators and the workforce is crucial in identifying the knowledge and skills needed for confident SOC practitioners and establishing workplace-based metrics.


We encourage all members to read this article to gain deeper insights into the importance and impact of spectrum of care pedagogy. To access the in press version of the article, please visit here.

Diversity and Inclusion

AAVMC is pleased to recognize June as Pride Month. This year, we are sharing a number of AAVMC resources, as well as some content from Pride VMC. View the content here.


The latest AAVMC Reads launches today and 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.


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Professional Development

CIVME Vacancy

AAVMC is currently seeking volunteers to fill a vacancy on the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME). 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.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please review below. All committee members are appointed by the AAVMC President and commit to three years. Learn more about CIVME here

Please submit your application and supporting documents using the link associated with the committee below by July 10, 2023.


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, Manager for Member Engagement at mpierce@aavmc.org. Please note the opportunity close date so that you do not miss a chance to be considered! 

VetEd UK

The annual Veterinary Education Symposium – VetEd – was established by a group of enthusiastic veterinary educators working in vet schools in the UK and Dublin. The symposium takes place over two days during the summer.  VetEd will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh July 5-7th.

CIVME will be presenting at this meeting. Register here.

Veterinary Scholars Symposium (VSS) registration is open and abstract submissions will be accepted through July 14th

Join us in beautiful Puerto Rico, August 3-5th, 2023. Register and submit abstracts here.

AAVMC Leadership Academy call for nominations open through July 17th


The AAVMC Leadership Academy will continue in hybrid format this year with two in-person meetings and monthly virtual sessions. Learn more about the AAVMC Leadership Academy here. The nomination process for 2023-24 is now open and all nominations are received directly from the office of the Dean or Head of School at our member institutions. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Elanco Animal Health, there is no registration cost for the AAVMC Leadership Academy. Please contact your dean’s office for more information on your university’s specific nomination process. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Caroline Cantner, Director for Professional Development.


COVE Summer CBVE Workshop - June 28-29th, 2023

Vet Ed UK - July 5-7th, 2023

AAVMC 2023 Summer Meeting - July 15, 2023

Regional Teaching Academy - July 16 - 20, 2023

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

The AAVMC Council on Outcomes-based Veterinary Education is excited to welcome the participants for the upcoming 2023 CBVE Summer Workshop at The Ohio State University on June 28-29th. We are looking forward to the implementation/assessment workshop and hosting more than 110 participants from over 30 veterinary colleges/schools and invited participants from the educational community to the two-day CBVE event. Please stay tuned as post-workshop resources will be posted at cbve.org and on AAVMC Connect. Thanks to all programs who are participating!

People In Motion

- Dr. Eleanor M. Green, professor emerita and dean emerita of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University was named as founding dean of the Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine, Lyon College effective July 1st.

-Professor Lisa Boden has been appointed as the new Dean and Head of School for the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh effective September 1st.

-Dr. Glen Hoffsis was named as the founding dean for Arkansas State University’s upcoming College of Veterinary Medicine.

Staff News

We are pleased to welcome, Elizabeth (Liz) Ilechko as Manager for Meetings and Events effective June 12th. Prior to joining AAVMC, she worked as the Event Manager for the Microsoft DC Engineering Site Team. Learn more about Liz here.

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




From Our Members

Injured bald eagle successfully recovers at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital

Cornell University


More Genes, Fewer Toes: Were Gene Copies the Key to an Evolutionary Leap for Horses?

UC Davis


Gifts from WCVM pathologist create graduate student scholarships

Western College of Veterinary Medicine


From Johns Hopkins, Haley Johnson Reports on Alzheimer’s Research

NC State University


Aggie Veterinarian Explores Her Love For Radiology With Small Animal Rotating Internship

Texas A&M University


Pup Patient Returns To MSU As Therapy Dog For Students

Michigan State University


Vet science short course aims to inspire future veterinarians

Oklahoma State University


Drs. Cavanaugh, Gilbert, And Little Awarded ICVA Grant For Research

Ross University

Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine researcher developing novel immunotherapies to treat canine cancer with potential to improve human cancer therapeutics

Auburn University

Preserving Rare Livestock Breeds

Tuffs University


58 Doctors of Veterinary Medicine recognized during Tuskegee University 2023 spring commencement, oath ceremony

Tuskegee University 

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