March 2018
AAVMC Annual Conference Focuses on Innovation in Education
Innovation in education was the theme of this year's AAVMC annual conference and it didn't disappoint. Most of the 265 educators attending returned to campus with fresh ideas and new perspectives on technology, assessment, multicenter collaboration, international academic veterinary medicine and a host of other topics. But the major news from the conference was the introduction of a new Competency Based Veterinary Education Framework (CBVE) that was more than two years in development and informed by work done in other health professions. The work has the potential to anchor
transformational change in curricular development and assessment. Learn more. Click here to read about the conference and view photo galleries.
AAVMC Rolls Out Competency-Based Learning Program to Improve Veterinary Medical Education
A new Competency-Based Veterinary Medical Education (CBVE) program that aims to improve veterinary medical education and quality assurance was introduced during the AAVMC's 2018 annual conference. It's an outcomes-based, learner-centered approach to veterinary medical education that uses a shared framework and language to help ensure that every veterinary medical college student graduates with competencies that enable them to be successful from their first day as independent veterinarians. The CBVE program is one of the most substantial pedagogical initiatives ever undertaken by the AAVMC and represents many collective hours of intense effort from a working group of international veterinary medical educators. Learn more.

New Slate of Officers Assumes Leadership at AAVMC
Dr. Calvin Johnson, dean of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, has assumed his duties as president of the AAVMC. Johnson had been serving as president-elect of the organization. Dr. Michael Lairmore, dean of the University of California - Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was named president-elect following an intra-organizational election held in late January. Lairmore, board certified by both the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM), has served as dean at California since 2011. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Phillip Nelson, dean of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, has completed his term of service as AAVMC president and will now serve a year as past-president. Learn more.
AAVMC Career Fair Informs and Inspires Prospective Veterinary Students
An estimated 500 prospective veterinary medical students and guests converged on the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C. on March 4 for the AAVMC's 2018 Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions. Students gathered information from more than 20 veterinary medical schools at display tables staffed by college representatives, as well as representatives from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the United States Department of Agriculture. In the exhibition hall, students and their parents asked questions and picked up informational materials about schools, admissions requirements, and veterinary careers. Learn more.
CIVME Presents Update at Annual Conference
Dr. Emma Read addresses audience.
The AAVMC's Council for Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) presented an update regarding their activities during the recent AAVMC annual conference. Titled "How has Veterinary Education Evolved Across the Globe: Reports from the CIVME Regions," the session featured profiles and priorities for academic veterinary medicine in various regions of the world. "We have a very dedicated group," quipped Dr. Emma Read of the University of Calgary, after outlining some of the challenges of arranging Webex meetings among members situated across 11 different time zones. Everyone agreed that learning more about academic veterinary medicine as it exists around the world has been a valuable experience and they are making good progress. Learn more.
AAVMC's CIVME Funds Second Round of Annual Educational Research Grants
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' (AAVMC) Council for International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) has funded three program grants designed to foster the enrichment and advancement of international academic veterinary medicine. Funded proposals include collaborative projects from 15 institutions in 11 different countries and five global regions. CIVME was founded during the AAVMC's 50th anniversary year (2016) to help advance AAVMC interests in elevating the quality of international academic veterinary medicine. The grants are designed to foster advancements in education and interregional collaboration. Learn more.
Public Practice Pioneer, Early Tuskegee Grad Dr. Saul Wilson Passes
One of veterinary medicine's pioneering professionals in public practice was lost when Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus Dr. Saul T. Wilson, Jr. passed away on Feb. 1. Wilson was a member of the second class of Tuskegee veterinary school graduates, earning his DVM degree in 1950. Following graduation, Wilson began his career with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a field veterinarian, where he made major contributions in the eradication of Foot-and-Mouth disease in Mexico.The USDA honored his contributions by creating the "Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship Program." Learn more.

AAVMC Sponsoring One Health Meeting at CUGH Symposium in New York March 15
The AAVMC is helping present a major One Health meeting in conjunction with the 2018 Consortium of Universities for Global Health's (CUGH) 2018 annual conference March 16-18 at the Hilton Hotel Midtown in New York City. The meeting theme is "Health Disparities: A Time for Action." The half-day meeting is titled " Outside the Box: Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through a One Health Approach." Several AAVMC member institutions and other organizations are co-sponsoring the event. Learn more.
Attend a Virtual Veterinary Medicine Career & Externship Fair
The Veterinary Career Advisor Network is presenting a Veterinary Medicine Career & Externship Virtual Fair for veterinarians and veterinary students on March 24, 2018. Over 70 potential employers will be participating in the event. Founded in 2014, the VetCAN is an AAVMC-affiliated network of career advisors working at member institutions. VetCAN seeks to encourage collaboration and the development of best practices in the career development field to better serve veterinary students and the profession. For more information about the Virtual Career Fair, click here.
InterProfessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Webinar March 13, 2018
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will present the second webinar in its 2018 IPEC Webinar Series aimed at highlighting trends and activities in interprofessional education (IPE) and practice. The AAVMC is a member of the IPEC. " Innovative IPE Instructional Methods: Strategies & Lessons Learned" will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 2 - 3 p.m. EST. Drs. Alan W. Dow of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and Dr. Frank J. Ascione of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy will share strategies for promoting collaborative educational learning and advancing quality evidence-based practice. Learn more.
VMLRP Applications Due March 16, 2018
The USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture has released the new map of Veterinarian Shortage Situations for FY 2018, which contains all applicable designations for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 application cycle. These designations are part of the eligibility determination for USDA's Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA). That legislation helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations for specific lengths of time. Application deadline is March 16. Learn more.
Federal Budget Meanders Along... Uncertainty Remains for AAVMC Priorities
Federal budget negotiations continued their meandering ways as President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law on Feb. 9. The act was both a budget agreement and a Continuing Resolution that funded the government through March 23. It will allow Congress to complete work on FY 2018 appropriations, according to AAVMC Governmental Affairs Director Kevin Cain. It's too early to determine how the action will affect AAVMC legislative priorities for this session of Congress. Those include maintaining the federal research enterprise, preserving the Public Service Loan Foundation Program, and passing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (S. 487/H.R. 1268). Learn more.
Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study Elucidates Wellness Issues
A major new study of mental health and wellness in the veterinary profession has determined that veterinarians suffer serious psychological distress at about the same rate as the general population (about five percent). But it also demonstrated that the financial pressures of educational loans and professional life are exerting a particularly detrimental effect on recent graduates: only 24 percent of veterinarians age 34 and younger would recommend a career in veterinary medicine to someone else. Results of the study, conducted by Merck Animal Health in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association, were released at the recent VMX meeting in Orlando. Learn more.
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