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April 2014
One Health: AAVMC Conference Spurs Momentum
Drs. Lonnie King and Will Hueston (right) with conference participants. Click on the photo to access a conference photo gallery.
Imagine a future where veterinarians, physicians and other health professionals work together to solve some of the world's most perplexing problems using integrated approaches and systems-thinking that seamlessly blend the knowledge and strengths of each scientific discipline. Then imagine the effect of that approach on veterinary medical education. That vision, called "One Health," inspired the AAVMC's recent 2014 Annual Conference on "One Health in Veterinary Medical Education," which attracted a record number of about 300 attendees. See a conference summary.
Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Veterinarians at the Career Fair
More than 250 students attended the AAVMC's Career Fair. Click on the photo to access a Career Fair photo gallery.
"Veterinary medicine will give you the keys to a job anywhere in the world," Dr. Jason Johnson, medical director of the Large Animal Teaching and Research Center at Lincoln Memorial University's College of Veterinary Medicine, told student participants in the AAVMC's Career Fair and Information Sessions in March. More than 250 students with an interest in veterinary medicine attended. Learn more
Telling the Story of Academic Veterinary Medicine to Congress
Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of Colorado State University's CVM and Biomedical Sciences, on Advocacy Day. Click on the photo to access an Advocacy Day photo gallery.
The message that veterinarians do important work that also affects humans and the environment is woven into the AAVMC's legislative priorities, which CVM deans and their representatives conveyed during 130 legislative visits to Congress during Advocacy Day on the Thursday preceding the conference. During a busy day on the Hill, AAVMC representatives sat down with many Congressional members and staff to discuss and garner support for the AAVMC's legislative priorities. Learn more.
NIH Visits Highlight Importance of Academic Veterinary Medicine in Research, Encourage Support and Collaboration
On March 12, 13 AAVMC members met in four face-to-face sessions with National Institutes of Health (NIH) leaders, including five institute-level directors and deputy directors, to help spread the word about the important role that academic veterinary medicine plays in research and discovery. During the sessions, participants provided some background on the AAVMC and highlighted the results of NIH-funded research being conducted at member institutions.They also addressed the benefits of including DVMs, who bring a comprehensive, comparative medical perspective, to biomedical research teams. Learn more.
AAVMC Regional DiVersity Matters Symposium at LSU
The Biennial Southeast Regional DiVersity Matters Symposium gets underway April 11- 14, 2014 on the campus of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Held during years in which the annual AAVMC meeting does not feature a national Iverson Bell Symposium, regional symposia convene leaders who discuss methods for creating more sustainable and appropriate workplace and educational environments in academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.
AAVMC Joins Consortium of Universities for Global Health
The AAVMC is now a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), which is dedicated to "making the university a transforming force in global health." The AAVMC Board of Directors approved the membership during its recent March meeting. According to its mission statement, CUGH is committed to translating knowledge into action by helping to build interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitate the sharing of knowledge to address global health challenges by assisting members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service.
Dean Olson Named to USDA Advisory Board 
Dr. Neil Olson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, was recently named to represent American colleges of veterinary medicine on the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. He is among eight appointees recently named by USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve on the board. Learn more.
UC-Davis Equine Research Could Solve Human Reproductive Problem
Identification of a new pregnancy-supporting hormone in horses has resolved a reproductive mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, and it may have important implications for sustaining human pregnancies, reports a team of researchers, led by a UC Davis veterinary scientist.
Learn more.

Note: The above story is part of a series of stories that the AAVMC highlights in the
Vet-Med Educator on a regular basis from member institutions that demonstrate the many benefits of federal investment in schools and colleges of veterinary medicine.
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