September 2017
New Profile of Admitted Students (PAS) Tool Provides Applicants with Context
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The decision to study veterinary medicine is a big one, and prospective students know they are embarking upon a challenging academic journey. But that's just the beginning. The application process itself is intense. To help prospective students navigate that pathway, the AAVMC provides applicants with useful information resources. The AAVMC's Cost Comparison Tool (CCT), for example, introduced last year and updated this year, provides applicants with vast amounts of useful data. Now, the AAVMC's new Profile of Admitted Students (PAS) tool is providing applicants with another facet of useful information, also presented through an interactive online format. Learn more.
AAVMC Donates $25,000 to Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief
The AAVMC has made a $25,000 contribution to the Texas A&M University Foundation's Veterinary Emergency Disaster Fund to help provide relief for the millions of people and animals affected by the unprecedented flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. "This is a catastrophic natural disaster and resources are critically needed to support the rescue and relief operations," said AAVMC President Dr. Phillip Nelson. Funds will help the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) continue its vital rescue and relief operations. Donations can be made directly on the website. Anyone wishing to provide supplies or in-kind gifts is invited to call 979-845-9043 or 979-324-8300 for more information. Learn more.
Symposium Showcases Veterinary Medical Student Research
The recent National Veterinary Scholars Symposium drew more than 500 scholars from 38 schools for two days focused on veterinary medical student research. Student researchers gathered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, August 4-5 to share their summer internship research accomplishments, surrounded by research scientists working in academic, government, and private research settings. The symposium, which is widely recognized as the premiere national meeting for veterinary student research, is the culmination of many student summer research programs, including the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program (previously known as the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program), multiple programs funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the colleges of veterinary medicine. Learn more.
AAVMC Affirms Principles of Inclusion
Recent events remind us that bigotry and racism are present in our society. The AAVMC confronts and rejects all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including the hateful violence and speech exhibited by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va. As part of the academic community, we endorse the statement from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which states, "The First Amendment is not just a right. It's also a responsibility. We must speak out against evil, hateful beliefs through free speech of our own that advances the shared American value of equality. The struggle against hate will only be won through education and public understanding." Read the entire statement.
Nominations for AAVMC Professional Excellence Awards Open September 1 - October 13, 2017
Do you know someone whose commitment to professional excellence rises above the mean? A colleague whose teaching methods always seem to inspire everyone else... or whose work in the lab is changing the world? Why not consider nominating them for an AAVMC recognition award?
The AAVMC annually presents a series of prestigious awards designed to inspire and recognize professional excellence in teaching, research, service and other areas in academic veterinary medicine. The nomination period is now open for the 2018 series of awards, which will be presented during the 2018 annual conference in Washington. The nomination deadline is October 13, 2017. Learn more.
VMCAS Cycle for Class of 2022 Closes September 15
As you read these lines, leagues of prospective veterinary medical students are frantically working to complete and submit their applications through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by the September 15 deadline. While the application period for the class entering in Fall 2018 opened on May 15, institutional research demonstrates that many wait until the last two weeks to submit their applications. The AAVMC publishes several print and digital products to assist applicants with the admissions process. Learn more.
33rd World Veterinary Congress Held in Korea
An estimated 5,000 people gathered for the 33rd World Veterinary Congress held in Incheon, Korea August 27-31, 2018. The World Veterinary Congress has been presented periodically since the first was held in 1863 in Hamburg, Germany. The congress included plenary addresses from former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon. AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, who made a presentation at the WVA's Global Conference on Quality Assurance in Veterinary Education held in conjunction with the congress, said the meeting was exceptional in scope and quality and included a spectacular opening ceremony and gala dinner for registrants. Learn more.
Michigan State University CVM Develops Novel Student Loan Program
The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine has played a leadership role in helping academic veterinary medicine address the student debt issue. In April 2016, they hosted a major symposium that brought thought-leaders together to focus on the problem. That meeting served as a rallying point for the entire profession. Now, the MSU-CVM has developed a novel strategy to help students finance their veterinary medical education in a more sustainable way. They have formed a partnership with the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to create an attractive student loan program especially tailored for veterinary students. Learn more.
RVC Earns Gold for Teaching Excellence
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the United Kingdom has received a Gold award-the highest rating a university can achieve--from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The UK government introduced TEF to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and learning, and help inform prospective student choices within higher education. The program uses a combination of national data and evidence submitted by each institution to measure excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students. The RVC is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London. Learn more.
Maccabe Featured on "Through the Noise" Podcast
"Through the Noise" host Ernesto Gluecksmann (left) interviewing Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. 
AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe was the featured guest on a recently released edition of " Through the Noise," an Arlington, Virginia based podcast that explores the role of communications and management best practices in the world of association management and non-profit organizations. Guests frequently include executive directors, CEOs, communications directors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals who deal with the management of organizational communications. The wide-ranging interview with Maccabe touched on leadership style, the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in organizational health, and many other topics. The podcast can be accessed here.
Pijpers Named President of Utrecht University
Professor Anton Pijpers, former dean of the Veterinary Medicine Faculty, has been named the new president of the Executive Board of Utrecht University. The appointment is effective October 1, 2017. Pijpers had been serving as vice-president since 2014. "We in the AAVMC congratulate our colleague Anton Pijpers on this appointment," said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "He joins the ranks of several other deans from our member organizations who have risen to serve as provosts and presidents of major universities and we wish him success and achievement in his new leadership role." Learn more.
Congressional Caucus on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Formed... Major AAVMC Legislative Priority
A Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Caucus has been formed by Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-13) and Ryan Costello (R-PA-6) to focus congressional efforts on protecting the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The PSLF program has been targeted for elimination in the proposed Trump administration budget and restoration is a major AAVMC legislative priority. The PSLF program was created in 2007 to encourage more Americans to pursue public service careers despite the more modest salaries and increased financial burdens of student debt. Under the provisions of the program, teachers, firefighters, police officers and other full-time public service workers including doctors, nurses and veterinarians, can have their student debt forgiven after 10 years of public service employment and 120 on-time payments. Learn more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Texas A&M Veterinarian Team Rescuing Animals Caught in Floodwaters
The Burden Your Veterinarian is Carrying
Vets Fight To Save Horses In Harvey Aftermath
Huffington Post
Want to Keep America safe? Train More Veterinarians
Fox News Opinion
How Much Pre-veterinary Experience is Enough?
VIN News Service
Mental Health Struggles Show the Dark Side of Veterinary Medicine
Toronto Star 
When Veterinarians and Physicians Collaborate, all Kinds of Patients Benefit
Philadelphia Inquirer
AVMA Recognizes Excellence in Veterinary Medicine
Education Council Members Appointed
USDA Grant to Help MU Study Tick-borne Disease in Cattle
Columbia Tribune
The Right Move Can Change More Than Your Address
Associations Now
Devastating Floods Swamp Houston-area Veterinarians
VIN News Service
Pogo the 'Super Pony' Rehabilitates at Auburn
From our Members
College Awarded $1.68 Million in Research Grants from USDA
Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine
People in Motion
Dr. Nicholas Frank has been named associate dean of academic affairs at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Dean John Baker has announced plans to step down as dean of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine effective July 1, 2018.
Dr. Carolyn Henry has been named interim dean at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Bonnie Rush has been named acting dean at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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