July 2019
AAVMC To Present Summer Meeting August 3 in Washington, D.C.
The AAVMC will present its annual Summer Meeting on Saturday, August 3 from 8:30 a.m. - noon in the Marriott Marquis' Chinatown Room. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the AVMA. The AAVMC Board of Directors will meet during the day before. The meeting agenda will feature an update on the AAVMC's strategic planning program and several presentations. Those topics include the Veterinary Futures Commission, the European Association for Establishments of Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and others. Learn more.

Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine Becomes AAVMC's 50th Member
Officials and guests participating in ceremonies included (from left) Dr. Pan Dong Ryu, Dr. Jae Hong Kim, Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, Dr. Hee Jong Woo, Dr. Oh Kyeong Kweon, and Dr. Kang Moon Seo.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Seoul National University in South Korea has earned accreditation from the Council on Education and become the 50th member institution of the AAVMC. The college becomes the first international institution since Vet Ag Sup in Lyon, France (2013) to earn accreditation, and it was an event celebrated with great fanfare in Seoul. AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Macabe was invited to participate in the ceremonies, which included a formal gala/banquet attended by about 200 distinguished guests. Massive signs announcing the accreditation were draped on campus buildings, and a substantial commemorative pedestal adorned with the COE symbol was unveiled. Learn more.

FFAR Awards Inaugural Vet Fellowship to Ten Students
The AAVMC is collaborating with the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) on a new program designed to develop new generations of veterinary medical scientists interested in research careers in global food security and sustainable animal production. The Veterinary Student Research Fellowships to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture (FFAR Vet Fellows) program creates
three-month fellowships for up to 10 veterinary students to conduct research with a mentor. The fellowships culminate with student presentations at the annual National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, held annually in late July/early August. Learn more.

AAVMC Presents First Veterinary Admissions Virtual Fair
The AAVMC held its inaugural Veterinary Admissions Virtual Fair on June 18th and it was a resounding success. Nine hundred twenty-two prospective applicants visited with representatives of 28 different AAVMC member institutions, including both domestic and international members, during the six-hour event. Forty-three percent of those attending were applicants in the 2019 VMCAS application cycle, according to AAVMC Director of Admissions and Recruitment Tony Wynne. Admissions personnel hosted video and text chats during the six-hour event, and some featured videos and other informational materials as visitors conducted their virtual visits. Another virtual fair is being scheduled for Fall 2019. Learn more.
CBVE Conference Presented at Ohio State
The AAVMC's Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Working Group hosted a workshop titled "CBVE - Reframing Veterinary Education" at the Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, June 6-7, 2019. About 90 registrants from AAVMC institutions around the world convened to explore the CBVE program and consider implementation strategies within their veterinary programs. Sessions held over the two-day meeting focused on various parts of the CBVE framework and tools - assessment, milestones and learner development, curriculum mapping and development, as well as change management. Learn more.
Veterinary Debt Initiative Update

Educational debt in the United States now exceeds $1.5 trillion and looms as a significant economic threat for society at large, not just a generation of students. It's a big problem in academic veterinary medicine as well, but a group of dedicated volunteers are steadfastly looking at ways to help. Members of the Veterinary Debt Initiative, comprised of the AVMA, the AAVMC and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), have been meeting regularly for almost two years. Their goal: to help veterinarians thrive in financially sustainable and rewarding careers. Click here to read the newest collection of stories in their periodic round-up, including a commentary by AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. Learn more.

2019 Veterinary Wellbeing Summit Scheduled for November 17-19 in Rosemont, Illinois

The 2019 Veterinary Wellbeing Summit will be held November 17-19 at the Loews Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Themed "Putting the WE in Wellbeing," the meeting is sponsored by the AVMA, the AAVMC and Zoetis. The meeting will convene academic leaders, educators, students, practitioners, mental health professionals and others to consider the importance of individual and organizational wellbeing on campus and in the workplace. Standard registration for the meeting is $375, but an earlier registration fee of $300 is available prior to July 23. For more information about the meeting and registration procedures, please click here.


Admissions and Recruitment Responsibilities Keep Director on the Run
 
Tony Wynne, the AAVMC's director of admissions and recruitment affairs, is frequently on planes, where it's not unknown for someone to tap him on the shoulder and say, "Hey, aren't you the VMCAS guy?" Wynne doesn't mind being the face of the Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS). In fact, it's a role he's happy to play as he works with advisors, students and contractors to foster a robust pipeline of applicants and a smooth and efficient common application service. "We do a lot online, but sometimes, there is no substitute for being in a room with 100-200 prospective students who are talking to each other with my guidance," he says. "It personalizes the process and helps us listen to each other in different ways." Learn more 
New One Health Legislation Filed in the Senate
The federal government will adopt a One Health approach by more efficiently coordinating resources based in various agencies if new legislation sponsored by Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Todd Young (R-Indiana) is passed. The Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act would build on existing work underway in federal agencies by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA to coordinate with other agencies to develop a federal One Health Framework. A companion bill in the house is being considered by Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), who co-chairs the Veterinary Medicine Caucus, according to AAVMC Governmental Affairs Director Kevin Cain. Learn more
USDA Will Operate Emerging National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
Ownership and operational responsibility for the nation's $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense (NBAF) facility, under construction in Manhattan, Kansas, will be transferred from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Agriculture. Under the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement, DHS retains responsibility for completing construction and commissioning of the $1.25 billion facility, while USDA will assume responsibility for all operational planning and eventual operation of the facility. Construction of NBAF is expected to be completed in December 2020 and the facility will be commissioned in May 2021, when the formal transfer will take place. Learn more
Department of Education's NACIQI to Consider Council on Education (COE) Recertification
The Council on Education's recertification by the federal government's Department of Education as the official accrediting agency in veterinary medical education will be considered during a meeting in Alexandria, Virginia July 30-31, 2019. The Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will consider recertification requests for several accrediting bodies and other issues during the two-day meeting. The period for filing written comments on the COE has expired; however, three-minute oral comments may be accommodated if application is made by July 12. Learn more
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
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From Our Members
Building Project Included in State Budget
University of Wisconsin
Andrew Maccabe Looks to Veterinary Medicine's Future
University of Minnesota
Repurposed Drugs Could Cure These Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Purdue University
UW-Madison Global Health Institute Named Global Virus Network Center of Excellence; SVM Faculty to Co-Direct
University of Wisconsin
Cornell Researchers Create Framework Predicting the Risks Pathogens Pose to Endangered Species
Cornell University
Battling Ebola in Congo
Tufts University
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Students Recognized for Dedication to One Health
Ross University
Veterinary College Receives $3.1 Million NIH Grant to Create Universal Flu Vaccine
Virginia-Maryland

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People in Motion

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Trevor Ames has assumed the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Laura Molgaard has been named Interim Dean at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
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