April 2018
AAVMC Establishes Guidelines for Internships at Academic Institutions
Veterinary internships provide a valuable opportunity for new graduates to gather additional experience and skill in providing clinical care. But concerns have been raised about the wide variety of scope and range of quality among the hundreds of internship programs offered throughout academia and the private sector. To address that problem, the AAVMC has developed a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to bolster and ensure the academic integrity of internship programs. The guidelines have been endorsed by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC), which operates the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) in the United States. Learn more.
AVMA, AAVMC Form Veterinary Futures Commission
A Veterinary Futures Commission has been established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the AAVMC. Comprised of thought-leaders from academia, industry, professional practice and other officials, the group will evaluate challenges and opportunities in the veterinary profession, identify priorities guided by societal needs, and develop evidence-based recommendations regarding potential courses of action. Chaired by former AAVMC President Dr. Eleanor Green, dean of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the group will hold its first meeting April 8-9 in conjunction with the Innovation Summit at Texas A&M University. Learn more.
Strong Response Received for RFP to Establish Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education
Nine universities, all home to AAVMC member institutions, have responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) designed to support the creation of a major University Research Organization (URO) on Antimicrobial Resistance. Establishing a formal research and education center represents the final phase of a four-year collaboration undertaken by the AAVMC and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) to help address the menacing public health problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). A review committee chaired by former USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics Dr. Cathie Woteki has been appointed to review proposals and make recommendations. Learn more.
Educators Focus on One Health at Global Health Conference
FY 2018 Omnibus Package Contains Good News for Academic Veterinary Medicine
The federal government's recently passed Omnibus spending bill for FY 2018 contains some good news for academic veterinary medicine. Several important programs to the AAVMC received funding as part of the legislation. The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD), the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program, the Veterinary Services Grant Program, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) were funded; in many cases at levels which represented substantial increases.  Learn more.
"This is How We 'Role'" is On a Roll - Proposals Due April 16
An innovative program designed to interest young children in pursuing veterinary medical careers is growing - and grants are available to help veterinary medical schools implement the program. Nationwide presentation of " This is How We 'Role'" programs through U.S. colleges/schools of veterinary medicine began in 2017 and the second round of grant proposals is due on April 16, 2018, with six grants of $5,000 to be awarded. The program was established in 2015 with a $1.26 million National Institutes (NIH) of Health grant awarded to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Learn more.
Agnes Scott Senior Jazz Stephens Honored with AAVMC's 2018 Pre-Vet Leadership Award
An Agnes Scott College senior bound for veterinary school at the University of Georgia has been awarded the AAVMC's 2018 Pre-Veterinary Leadership Award (PVLA). Jazz Stephens, a biology major minoring in German and chemistry, was recognized during the recent American Association of Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Symposium held at Auburn University. Jazz is the founder and current president of the Pre-Veterinary Club at Agnes Scott. She works as a chemistry tutor at Agnes Scott and as a veterinary assistant at Clairmont Animal Hospital in Decatur. The AAVMC established the first Pre-Veterinary Leadership Award (PVLA) in 2016 to recognize leadership within the pre-vet community. Learn more.
Zoetis Awards Scholarships to Rising Veterinary Students
Zoetis and the AAVMC announced the winners of the 2018 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program during the recent 2018 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Now in its ninth year, the program awarded $630,000 in scholarship funds to 315 second- and third-year veterinary students at 33 colleges and schools of veterinary medicine. To date, this program has awarded nearly $6.1 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 students. Learn more.

2017-18 Leadership Academy Wraps Up, Prepares for Next Cohort

The AAVMC's Leadership Academy recently wrapped up the 2017-2018 program in Washington, D.C. as part of the annual conference. This year's cohort of 35 educators also studied leadership and honed their skills at sessions convened last September in Indianapolis, Indiana, and last December in College Station, Texas. The AAVMC launched the program in 2012 to provide professional development for emerging leaders in veterinary academia. Enrollment information for the 2018-2019 Leadership Academy will be sent to deans' offices in April 2018. For information, contact Andrew Zoeller at azoeller@aavmc.org. Learn more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Are Rising Veterinary Salaries Driving Up the Cost of Care?
DVM360
AVMA, AAVMC Form Veterinary Futures Commission
Today's Veterinary Business
Veterinarian Shortage Looms for Rural Alberta After Province Nixes Agreement: Critic
Calgary Herald
AAVMC Rolls Out Program Designed to Ensure Veterinary Graduates are Prepared for Practice
DVM360
Texas Tech and A&M are Racing to See Who'll Open a New Vet School First
Texas Standard
The Hardest Working Dogs in PA
Keystone Edge
Cannabis for Veterinary Patients gets Research Attention, Funding
VIN 
Decode Your Cat's Behavior: 17 Things Your Cat Would Love to Tell You
Reader's Digest
AAVMC Learning Program Aims to Improve Veterinary Medical Education
Veterinary Practice News
Over 700 Students Attend Pre-veterinarian Symposium at Auburn
WSFA-TV
University of Saskatchewan Granted over $4 Million by Feds for Various Health Studies
CKRM 
Next Pandemic: Researchers Race to Figure Out the Flu's Wild Origins
Before It's Too Late
AAVMC Council Funds Second Round of Annual Education Research
Veterinary Practice News
Zoetis Scholarships Surpass $6 Million
Bovine Veterinarian 
Researchers Narrow Down Equine Coronavirus Risk Factors
Farms.com
WA Initiative Introduces Vet Students to Livestock Biosecurity
Sheep Central
Auburn Veterinarians Perform Rare Heart Procedure on Thoroughbred Jumping Horse
Alabama News Center
US Researcher Studies Risk of African Swine Fever in Animal Feed
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How I'd Change Veterinary School
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From our Members     

3rd International Conference on One Medicine One Science April 29-May 2 at University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
From Saving Seals to Talking TED
Virginia-Maryland
Thakur Earns Grant for Antimicrobial Surveillance Partnerships in India
NC State
$3.2 Million Grant Funds Development of New Malaria Vaccine
University of Florida
Texas A&M Study Offers New Virus-Host Protein Insight, New Possibilities for Antiviral Development
Texas A&M

Upcoming Meetings       

Veterinary Wellbeing Summit, April 15-17, 2018, Schaumburg, IL
PCVE/VEC Joint Symposium, June 22-24, 2018, Ithaca, NY
Summer Meeting, July 13-14, 2018, Denver, CO, at the AVMA Convention
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