August 2018
Iowa State Selected to Lead National Antimicrobial Resistance Research & Education Center
Iowa State University has been selected to establish and host a new national Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research and Education. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) chose Iowa State to lead the institute, which will utilize a One Health approach to comprehensively tackle the AMR problem. Iowa State's application to establish the new institute was structured upon plans to substantially upgrade an existing university-based research and education program called the Antimicrobial Resistance Consortium. Dr. Paul Plummer of Iowa State University, who leads the existing consortium, will serve as executive director of the new institute. Read more.
CBVE Initiative Building Momentum
The Working Group on Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) has been hard at work since the rollout of the CBVE Framework and Core Entrustable Professional Activities. The Working Group hosted a webinar for AAVMC Academic Affairs Committee members on August 3. Since the March rollout, the group members have received invitations to present more about CBVE through videoconferences and visits to schools, including Florida State University, Oregon State University, Midwestern University, University of Pennsylvania and Western University of Health Sciences. Group members have presented the work at national and international meetings including the joint PCVE/VEC meeting at Cornell, the VetEd Symposium at Utrecht, and the 2nd International Competency-Based Medical Education Summit in Basel, Switzerland. Read more.

AAVMC Presents Summer Meeting in Denver
While in Denver for the AAVMC Summer meeting, CEO Maccabe also addressed the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP)
About 50 member institution heads and guests gathered for the half-day AAVMC Summer Meeting held in conjunction with the recent 2018 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) meeting in Denver. AAVMC Senior Accreditation Advisor Dr. Sheila Allen briefed the group on recent activities with the Council on Education, AAVMC President Calvin Johnson presented an annual report and discussed the need to advocate for the importance of professional licensing in view of recent attacks by some consumer activist groups. Attendees also heard reports on issues related to veterinary specialties, wellness, advocacy, telehealth and other topics. Read more.
COHA Scientists Discuss Comparative Research During Legislative Briefing on Capitol Hill
Pictured, left to right: Dr. Huggins, Dr. Kent, and Dr. Monjazeb. Not pictured: Dr. Kurilla.
Helping lawmakers better understand the galaxy of opportunities associated with comparative research was the focus of an AAVMC Legislative Briefing held on July 19 in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill. Titled "'It's a Dog's Life' (that may save yours!)," the briefing featured remarks from an NIH official leading the institutes' Clinical and Translational Science Awards program, as well as three scientists working in human medicine, veterinary medicine and biomedical research. Fifteen AAVMC member institutions are members of the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA). Click here to see a fact sheet on COHA. Read more.
Fix-the-Debt Evolves into Veterinary Debt Initiative: Focus on Opportunity, Sustainability
Volunteers working with the Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) heard updates, reviewed progress, and considered future action during a July 14 meeting in Denver. The VDI is currently led by representatives from the AVMA, the AAVMC and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE). Evolving from the former Fix the Debt Initiative (which arose from an April 2016 symposium held at Michigan State University), the present organization is taking a more opportunistic, strategic approach to addressing financial aspects of veterinary education and practice, such as the cost of veterinary education, leveraging debt, and negotiating and managing income. Read more.
AAVMC Establishes Institutional Award for Fundraising Excellence in Student Scholarships
The AAVMC has created an annual award to inspire and recognize professional excellence and achievement in fundraising for student scholarships among member institutions. The AAVMC Award for Fundraising Excellence in Student Scholarships will consist of a $1,000 honorarium and a commemorative. It will be presented in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP). "Creating this award is part of our strategic interest in helping advance the Veterinary Debt Initiative," said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, noting that the award is exclusively focused on scholarship resource development and is not intended to recognize comprehensive program excellence in fundraising. Read more.

Faculty Fellow Christine Kreuder Johnson from UC-Davis Capitalizes on Her Time in Washington
Dr. Johnson (right) discussed One Health issues with members of Congress, including Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA), a veterinarian and physician.
UC-Davis SVM professor and researcher Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson recently completed a month-long AAVMC Faculty Fellowship in Washington, D.C., where she met with members of Congress, staffers, and colleagues at the State Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other agencies. "It's so important to engage face-to-face with law- and policy-makers," said Dr. Johnson. "I was able to see what their needs are, where they're getting their information and how we (veterinarians) can provide needed expertise regarding science policy, public health and global health security." The AAVMC initiated the faculty fellows program in 2015. Read more.
Agriculture Secretary Perdue Visits Washington State University
WSU-CVM Dean Dr. Brian Slinker (right) chats with Secretary Perdue (left).
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited another AAVMC member institution on Monday, July 2 when he spent time touring Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Perdue met with WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean and AAVMC board-member Dr. Brian Slinker as part of the visit. Perdue discussed a variety of issues while on site, including the status of the Farm Bill, the need for greater food productivity and security. Secretary Perdue's recent travel schedule has involved visiting several U.S. land-grant universities. He said he enjoys traveling to various regions of the country and visiting people representing different aspects of the nation's diverse agricultural community. Read more.
Donald Smith's Legacy Honored with Learning Center Dedication at Ross University
Part of a new Research and Pathology Building recently constructed on the campus of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) will honor the late Donald S. Smith, a renowned and prolific veterinary educator who passed away in 2016. The Dr. Donald F. Smith Learning Center will help commemorate his profound contributions to the profession. Smith, a former dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine who also served as a Trustee of the RUSVM, authored the AAVMC's 2016 "Pathways to Progress" book, which chronicled the history and development of academic veterinary medicine and the AAVMC as part of the AAVMC's 50th anniversary celebration. Read more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Iowa State Selected to Establish Bacteria Research Center
AP/U.S. News & World Report
New National Center at ISU to Coordinate Super Bug Research
Radio Iowa
ISU to Lead National Antimicrobial Research, Education Center
Veterinary Practice News
Auburn University Researchers Work to Ensure Safety of Local Foods
Bovine Veterinarian
New Aim of Debt Program is Helping Veterinarians Thrive
Puschner Assumes Michigan State Deanship, Baker Worked to Reduce Educational Debt 
Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease
New York Times 
Shortage Of Large-Animal Vets Leaves Markets Vulnerable To Disease Outbreaks
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Gets $2.8M Grant to Make Veterinary Care More Accessible
Knox News (USA Today network)
Pfizer Suspends Sales of Injectable Opioids for Veterinary Use
VIN News
Auburn Researchers Find Food Safety Gaps at Local Farms
Food Safety News
The Bladder Can Regenerate Like Nobody's Business and Now We Know Why
Medical Xpress
Regenerative Medicine Therapy Now Available for Horses at Veterinary Health Center
The Horse
Man's Best Friend: Now Dogs Can Help Us Fight Cancer, Researchers Say
ISU to Lead National Antimicrobial Research, Education Center
Veterinary Practice News
Is the Veterinary Profession Diverse?
Veterinarian's Money Digest
Colorado State Launches Certificate in Spanish for Animal Healthcare
Help Wanted: Rural Veterinarians
Farm Journal's Pork
Grain-free Dog Foods May be Linked to Heart Disease
Sun Chronicle
LMU Vets to Study Canine Heartworm in Region
Middlesboro Daily News
Tuskegee and Auburn Universities Team Up to Boost Diversity in Academic Veterinary Medicine
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
Texas A&M Vet School Tells Texas Tech: This State Ain't Big Enough for the Two of Us
My High Plains
WSU Researchers Map DNA Damage Links to Onset of Skin Cancer, Melanoma
ECancer News
Enlightenment Through Scientific Discovery
One Health to the Rescue: Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation in a Dog
American Veterinarian

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