October 2018
Registration Opens October 15 for 2019 AAVMC Annual Conference

Registration opens October 15 for the AAVMC's 2019 Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Themed "The Science of Building Inclusive Teams," the meeting will explore strategies and benefits from incorporating appropriate levels of diversity and inclusiveness in working groups and teams. This year's meeting also includes the biennial Iverson Bell Symposium. Located just steps from the U.S. Capitol building, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill offers easy access to some of the popular Washington D.C. locations. Please stay tuned to the website for registration information and early registration incentives. Read more.

Applicant Demand for Admission Through VMCAS Increases
Demand for admission to AAVMC member institutions through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is growing, according to preliminary data gathered at the conclusion of the 2018 VMCAS cycle. A total of 8,151 individuals applied to attend veterinary medical college through VMCAS this cycle, which represents a seven percent increase over last year. The number of applicants increased about six percent year over year during the preceding two admissions cycles. The total number of applications submitted was 40,522, which represents about a 10 percent increase over last year. Each applicant applied to about five institutions. Read more.
National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education Up and Running
Senior representatives from the AAVMC and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recently met with Iowa State University officials and others in Ames to discuss the development of the new National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE). The institute was established at Iowa State University as the result of a joint Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture that AAVMC and APLU created in 2014. The group released a report the following year that offered an array of research and education recommendations designed to address the problem. Iowa State is partnering with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Iowa, and the Mayo Medical Clinic. The institute is also partnering with two major USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facilities, as well as a collection of agricultural stakeholders representing over one-fourth of the U.S. swine and beef industry. Click here to examine a communication which presents more information regarding the initiative. Read more.
COHA Contributing to One Health Partnerships, Translational Research
The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) One Health Alliance (COHA) is growing and helping to galvanize the practical application of medical advancements and discoveries using a collaborative, One Health approach, said COHA Chair Dr. Deborah Kochevar, who currently serves as Tufts University's Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim, and the former Henry and Lois Foster Professor and Dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. COHA was established in 2014 and 15 member schools now partner with human medical schools and other colleagues on their respective campuses to conduct translational research, a process by which clinical discoveries translate into applicable tools and techniques that improve health outcomes. Read more.

Zoetis Veterinary Scholarship Program Deadline November 28
Zoetis and the AAVMC are again partnering on the annual Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Award program. The deadline for applications is November 28, 2018. Click here for detailed application information. The program provides $2,000 scholarships for second- and third-year veterinary students enrolled at colleges and schools in the United States and Caribbean. The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, diversity, sustainability, leadership and career interest. Scholarships are available to students in all areas of professional interest, including food animal medicine, small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, public health, and organized veterinary medicine. Now in its 10th year, the Zoetis Veterinary Scholarship program has awarded over 3,000 scholarships totaling over $6 million. Winners will be announced during the 2019 SAVMA Symposium at the University of Georgia March 9-11, 2019. Read more.
University of Tennessee System President Dr. Joe DiPietro Announces Retirement
Dr. Joe DiPietro, who served as dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine prior to rising to the position of President of the University of Tennessee System, has announced he will retire from the UT position February 14, 2019. In the position, DiPietro had served as CEO of all three of UT's three campuses, the Health Science Center, the Institute of Public Service and the Institute of Agriculture. DiPietro is a veterinary pathologist. Despite the demands of his Tennessee duties, he frequently made time to participate as a speaker in the AAVMC Leadership Academy. The new " Joe and Deb DiPietro Endowment for Leadership Development" has been established at the University of Tennessee in his honor. Read more.

U.S. Department of Education Review of Council on Education (COE) Underway
The U.S. Department of Education's (USDE) National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) has begun its periodic review of the Council on Education's (COE) performance as the official accrediting agency for professional veterinary medical programs. U.S. deans were invited to provide written comments to the USDE by September 30, 2018. A public hearing that will provide interested individuals with an opportunity to provide oral comments will be held in the Washington, D.C. area on February 5, 2019. Additional information about registering for that event will be available in the future from the Federal Register. Read more.
Student Perspectives Showcased in Banfield/AVMA Video
A five- and half-minute video featuring comments from more than a dozen students was presented during the annual Banfield Pet Healthcare Industry Summit held in Portland in August. Titled "How Can We Help the Helpers," the video features students discussing their "hopes, dreams, and fears," as they journey toward a career in veterinary medicine. Students discuss why they chose to pursue veterinary medicine, what they hope to achieve, the importance of mentors, concerns about educational debt and income and other topics. Comments were extracted from interviews with more than 20 different students to compile the video. Click here to view it. Read more.

Annual AAVMC Board, Officer Election Cycle Opens October 22
Potential candidates interested in serving in a variety of senior leadership positions with the AAVMC are invited to consider the following opportunities for the 2019-2020 cycle. The call for nominations is active from October 22 - November 19, 2018. "Serving as dean of a modern veterinary medical college or school is a demanding job," said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "But the leadership skills and perspectives our deans acquire at the institutional level are essential on the national and international levels as well. The board leads our organization, and we're grateful to everyone who participates." Available positions include President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer and three At-Large positions. Please direct any inquiries or questions about the election process to Chief Operating Officer Dotty Gray at dgray@aavmc.org. Read more.

Reminder: Nomination Cycle for 2018-19 AAVMC Professional Excellence Awards Closes October 15
The nomination cycle for 2018-19 AAVMC Professional Excellence Awards closes October 15, 2018. The AAVMC annually presents a series of awards designed to inspire and recognize professional excellence and service. Awards to be presented during the March 2019 annual meeting include the Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis; the Iverson Bell Award; the Excellence in Research Award; the Patricia Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship; the Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award; and the Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service. For more information, please see our awards page here or contact Mrs. Lawann V. Blunt at 202-371-9195 (ext.152) or lsmith@aavmc.org.

2019 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award
The nomination/application period for the 2019 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award is open through February 1, 2019. This is the third year that the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the InterProfessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) have partnered on the program. The AAVMC is a member of the IPEC. Additional information is available from Shelley McKearney at smckearney@aacnnursing.org or 202-463-6930 ext. 269. Read more.

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Birgit Puschner from UC Davis became Dean of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine on September 5, 2018.

Dan Grooms from Michigan State University became the new Dean at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, replacing Interim Dean Pat Halbur on October 1.

Associate Dean of Research Srirama Rao of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine joined Virginia Commonwealth University as Vice President for Research and Innovation on October 1.
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