June 2019
CBVE Milestones Published by AAVMC: Completes the Trilogy
The AAVMC's Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Working Group has completed work on the third major component of the CBVE program. " Competency-Based Veterinary Education: Milestones" is a 48-page booklet that provides structural guidance on assessing student development and progress as part of the program. The milestones enable educators to "operationalize" the CBVE taxonomy and classify where students are as they progress along a continuum of professional skill levels and core competencies. The publication of the Milestones represents the completion of three major components of a massive four-year project undertaken by the CBVE Working Group under the auspices of the AAVMC. Learn more.
AAVMC's Strategic Planning Program Underway
Progress continues on a new strategic planning program that will guide AAVMC programs and operations over the next three years (2020-2023). The year-long project is engaging the board of directors, staff members and volunteers in a series of exercises designed to assess the operating environment for academic veterinary medicine and chart a pathway for the strategic success of the organization. As part of the process, seven working groups have been created and tasked with the creation of producing concept papers that will explore challenges and opportunities in key areas of academic veterinary medicine. Click here to review those areas.
VMCAS Rolls Out Powerful New Analytics Program
When recruiting and nurturing applicants to veterinary medical school, information is key. Thanks to a new analytics component of the Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS), member institutions now have a powerful tool they can use to track and analyze applicant characteristics. The feature enables admissions personnel to view a graphical representation of VMCAS data in real time, compare cohorts against national applicant data, compare current data against former cycle data, and examine graphical heat maps of where applicants are coming from on an international basis. Learn more.
AAVMC Financial Support Available for Member Institution Faculty & Staff to Attend Purdue D&I Program
AAVMC member institution faculty and staff interested in participating in the Purdue University Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine's professional certificate program can receive funding support from the AAVMC. The AAVMC will match one combined $500 registration fee for one faculty member and one staff member at each AAVMC member institution, thereby doubling the number of personnel from each school or college that can participate in the program. For more information about the certificate program and how to register and obtain funding support, please click here or contact Dr. Greenhill at lgreenhill@aavmc.org.
NIAMRRE Hosts Major Development, Operations Meeting in Iowa
About 30 stakeholders and organizational leaders representing universities, associations and institutes involved with the antimicrobial resistance issue (AMR) attended a major developmental meeting for the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE) in Ames, Iowa from May 14-16. The goal of the meeting was to build understanding and consensus for NIAMRRE's mission, vision, strategy, goals, organizational structure, and membership. NIAMRRE 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. Learn more.

Kansas State University Earns AAVMC's 2019 Communications Excellence Award
The communications program at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, led by Director of Communications Joe Montgomery, has been recognized with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' (AAVMC) 2019 Communications Excellence Award. Kansas State's program was praised by judges for comprehensive program excellence that advanced the college's strategic plan. The award will be formally presented during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) on Thursday, August 1 at 8 a.m. at the Courtyard Washington/Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more.

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Wins Scholarship Fundraising Award
Ms. Danielle Johnson, senior director of development at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' (AAVMC) inaugural 2019 Award for Fundraising Excellence in Student Scholarships. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's scholarship fundraising program was recognized by judges for its strategic, comprehensive and sustainable nature, as well as programmatic success. The award will be formally presented during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) on Thursday, August 1 at 8 a.m. at the Courtyard Washington/Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more
Dr. Mary Beth Davis: A Beacon of Determination and Self-Reliance

Thousands of new graduates stepped forward from AAVMC member institutions this semester to begin their DVM careers. And there's an amazing success story behind every one. But perhaps few members of the Class of '19 have had to summon the grit, determination and resolve to do what Dr. Mary Beth Davis did at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Inspired by a life-changing talk with OSU grad and veteran corporate veterinarian Dr. Rocky Bigbe ('81), and with the help of many colleagues and friends, Davis rose above a tragic setback to earn her DVM and is pursuing her goal of becoming a veterinary ophthalmologist. Said Bigbe of Davis: "She is a beautiful shining beacon of determination and self-reliance." Read more and see a video here 
Pictured right: Dr. Bigbe (left) and Dr. Davis (right)
VMLRPEA Bill Introduced in House: Eliminates 37% Tax Penalty to Increase VMLRP Program Effectiveness
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA) has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) and Ted Yoho (R-Florida). This legislation is companion to the Senate bill (S.1163) introduced in April, which seeks to help relieve the shortage of veterinarians serving in rural areas of the nation by eliminating a 37% income tax provision and increasing the impact of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). Learn more.   
World Organization for Animal Health Strengthens Veterinary Services Program
The Paris-based OIE  - World Organization for Animal Health has recently strengthened its program for improving the performance of veterinary services. With origins dating back to the 1924 creation of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE), the organization was renamed the World Organization for Animal Health in 2003 and now includes 182 member-states. Its original mission to control epizootic disease remains a mainstay, although it has broadened its programs throughout almost a century of service to include food safety and production, animal welfare, the promotion of veterinary services worldwide and more. Click here to see a video and read more about what the OIE is doing to strengthen international veterinary medicine.  
Seven Member Institutions, 20 Student Cohort Participating in 2019 Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy
This summer 20 students from seven different AAVMC institutions will participate in a novel 10-week program designed to spark innovation and entrepreneurship in the profession of veterinary medicine. Organized by the  Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy, an emerging organization with roots at Texas A&M University, the students will be paired with 16 different entrepreneurial start-up companies during the summer program. Member institutions interested in learning more about the program are invited to contact Jeremy Kenny at jkenny@cvm.tamu.edu or Robert Trimble at rob@vea.vet.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Research Confirms Man's Best Friend Is Protecting People Against Lyme Disease
Albany Times Union
Georgia Veterinarians Get Their Own Show on Nat Geo Wild
Atlanta Journal Constitution
How Drinking Alcohol and Smoking Can Increase Osteoporosis Risk
Microsoft News
UC Davis PET Research to Improve Racehorse Safety and Welfare
Today's Veterinary Practice
Why Veterinarians are at High Risk of Suicide: 'It's Not Just Playing with Puppies and Kittens'
Yahoo News
The Emotional Topic of Veterinary Student Selection
Today's Veterinary Practice
Researchers, Engineering Company Aim to Save Injured Horses with Special Lift and Harness
The Chronicle Herald
Build the Texas Tech Veterinary School - Now
Texas Tribune
More than $17M in Texas Tech Vet School Funding Advances in Legislature
Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Online Tool Helps Vet School Students Be Informed About Costs
A Link Between Mitochondrial Damage and Osteoporosis
Science Daily
UGA Partnership in Pacemakers for Pooches Program
Vet: Consider Lesser-Known Parasite in Neuromuscular Disease Cases
The Horse
ASU Begins Clinical Study for Cancer-Preventing Vaccine
Veterinary Practice News
Cats Are As Smart As Dogs - They're Just Not Participating In Experiments, According To Studies
WSU Begins Construction of Elk Hoof Disease Research Facility
Moscow Pullman Daily News
Lincoln Memorial Expands Veterinary Facilities
Today's Veterinary Business
People In Iowa Are Getting Sick. Looks Like Dogs Are The Culprit
Express Newsline
AAVMC Offers New Version of Cost Comparison Tool 
BEEF Magazine
Farmers Refusing to Take on 'Snowflake' Vet Students
Farming Independent
Penn Vet and the Wharton School Launching New Veterinary Entrepreneurship
Program Times Union
4 Ways to Make Sure Your Pet Survives Tornadoes, Wildfires, Hurricanes and Other Disasters
USA Today
Boehringer Ingelheim & HVRI Set Up "Industry-Academia-Research" Exchange Platform 
Why More Veterinarians are Using Sedation Before Euthanasia
National Geographic Television Show ˜The Hot Zone"™ Features KU, K-State Connections
Lawrence Journal-World
Impact of Service Dogs
Fox 7
Ohio State Opens Expanded Veterinary Oncology Suite
Veterinary Practice News
Three Biggest Threats to Dog Welfare Revealed
Vet Times
Pipelines and Pathways
Today's Veterinary Business
UC Davis Repairs Dog Bones with Protein from Human Medicine

From Our Members
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Cuts Ribbon on LMU's College of Veterinary Medicine Building
Lincoln Memorial University
Getting a Handle on Canine Epilepsy
Tufts University
Preparing Future Faculty Program at MSU Helps Graduate Students Prepare for Careers in Academia 
Mississippi State
A Potential Game Changer for Pets with Diabetes
Tufts University
Veterinary Biobank is First Accredited Under New Standard
Cornell University
Meet Dr Shokry & Toxic Plant Garden
Ross University
Equine Therapy Helps Dementia Patients
UC Davis
Model Identifies High-Risk Areas for Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle
NC State
New Institute at U of G will Focus on One Health
University of Guelph

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People in Motion

Dr. Bonnie Rush has been selected as the new dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Rush as been serving as interim dean since 2017. Her appointment begins June 16.
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