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July 2015
AAVMC Meeting of the Assembly July 13
The AAVMC's Meeting of the Assembly will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. on Monday, July 13, in Boston, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the 2015 AVMA Convention. The Assembly Meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The agenda will include a financial update and presentation of the FY 2016 budget; as well as an update on the AVMA Council on Education by Dr. Cyril Clarke, dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Learn more.
Bellwether AVMA Report Examines Salaries and Debt
Infographic courtesy of AVMA Economics Division.
Recently released data from the AVMA's Division of Economics shows that salaries in veterinary medicine are beginning to recover from the historic economic downturn of the "Great Recession."
Mean starting salary for graduates who accepted a full-time position in private practice was $66,879. Mean starting salary for all graduates, including those who elected to continue their professional education through internships, residency programs, and graduate education was $51,917. Educational debt, however, continues to put a drag on economic vitality. Learn more.
$1.26 Million Grant Expands Purdue After-School Program Nationwide
After-school programs provide opportunities to augment childhood education and shape future attitudes and interests. That's part of the reason why Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine operates an after-school role program that helps teach elementary school students about how veterinarians help keep both animals and people healthy. The already successful program will use a $1.26 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to expand nationally. Learn more.
Executive Director Visits Australian and New Zealand Veterinary Colleges
The Australian and New Zealand colleges of veterinary medicine are doing outstanding work in veterinary learning, discovery and engagement, are similar in scope and function to their U.S. counterparts, and face similar political and economic pressures that confront all of academic veterinary medicine. Such were the main observations made by AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe following a sweeping two-week trip in which he attended a meeting of the Australian Veterinary Association and visited six different schools "down under" and in New Zealand. Learn more.
Analysis of Career Fair Registrants Yields Important Recruitment Insights
A recent report in the "VetMedEducator" described the presentation of the AAVMC's annual Career Fair following the annual meeting in March, an event that attracted about 500 people. Students planning to attend the event were invited to pre-register and complete a short survey about their career interests. Registrants spanned a wide range of ages from high school students to college graduates. Data collected from career fair registrants has helped the AAVMC obtain a better understanding of the current level of pre-professional engagement among the next generation of veterinarians. Learn more.
AAVMC's 50th Anniversary Campaign Update
A detailed and comprehensive digest of AAVMC member institution profiles, benchmarks and achievements has been published on the 50th anniversary website. This site contains profiles of member institutions as well as significant dates in their history, as well as a chronology of milestone dates and achievements. In other areas, various member institutions are continuing to develop strategies for leveraging the AAVMC's national 50th anniversary celebration into their own recognition programs by using the grassroots engagement kits distributed in April. Learn more.
Leadership Academy Session Commences
The Leadership Academy is a primary way the AAVMC is preparing faculty members to play leadership roles in their colleges and universities and the veterinary profession. The AAVMC launched the Leadership Academy in 2012 to provide leadership development for emerging leaders in academia and to provide a forum for building lasting ties between faculty members at veterinary schools and departments based at AAVMC member institutions around the world. A new Leadership Academy cohort, including five international representatives, gets underway August 13-15 in East Lansing, Michigan, where topics will include diversity, media training, personality assessment, communications and budgeting and finance. Learn more.
GAO Report Finds Need to Improve Federal Veterinary Workforce Planning
Veterinarians across the federal government are crucial to protecting animal and public health, keeping our food safe, and responding to biological emergencies. That's why federal agencies need to do a better job of assessing future veterinary workforce needs, according to a recently released report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In the report, "Federal Veterinarians: Efforts Needed to Improve Workforce Planning," the GAO found that current or pending baby boomer retirements--combined with federal hiring freezes--make it difficult to hire for critical positions that could or should be staffed by veterinarians. Learn more.
FDA Veterinary Feed Directive Promotes Judicious Use of Antibiotics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule in early June, which strengthens and specifically articulates the role of the veterinarian in approving the use of medically important antibiotics in agricultural animal feeds. The move will promote public health, animal welfare and is an important step in the process of addressing the growing antimicrobial resistance problem. Learn more.
AAVMC Signs on to American "Innovation Imperative"
The AAVMC has joined the ranks of hundreds of organizations in business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering calling for stronger federal policies and investment in domestic research and development. Federal government investments in basic research have been dwindling for the past 20 years and are failing to keep pace with economic competitors like China, which is expected to surpass the U.S. in R&D intensity in about eight years if present trends continue. Learn more.

Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Cancer Trials may Help Humans
Roanoke Times
While Dog Flu Threat is Widening, There's No Need to Panic
Chicago Tribune
EPA Awards Texas A&M Researchers $6 Million To Investigate Environmental Impact On Cardiac Health
Moore Named Dean of OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
The Horse
K-State Names Vet School Dean an Interim Head of Olathe Campus
The Capital-Journal
Jeff Wichtel New OVC Dean
Farm Focus
SCAVMAs in Ariz., Tenn. Receive Charters
Mouse Study: Diets High in Sugar, Fat May Impair Cognition by Changing Gut Bacteria
Psych Central
UC Davis Vet School Honored with Legislative Resolution
Veterinary Practice News
Purdue OKs Equine Research Center
Virginia Tech Vet Students Put Pets on Weight-Loss Challenge
Veterinary Practice News
Kansas State University, Texas Tech University Begin Collaborative Agreement in Beef Industry
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
Teenage Aspiring Veterinarians Receive Hands-on Training at Texas A&M
Bovine Veterinarian
Willmar Lab Playing Role as Poultry Industry Looks for Answers to Avian Flu
Prairie Business
Veterinarians for Large Animals in Short Supply
The Clarion-Ledger
Firefighters, Veterinary Students Team up for Large Animal Rescue Training
Columbia Daily Tribune 
Purdue Program will Encourage Children to Pursue Veterinary Careers

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