February 2019
National Cancer Institute Expert on Team Science to Address 2019 Conference
A National Cancer Institute (NCI) expert on the science behind effective teams will present the third keynote address during the 2019 Annual Conference. Dr. Kara L. Hall is director of the NCI's Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team and Director of the Theories Initiative in the Health Behaviors Research Branch. The 2019 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium will be held March 8-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Themed "The Science of Building Inclusive Teams," the conference will focus on strategies for building diverse and inclusive teams in the work and learning environments, which have been shown to promote more effective group decision-making and organizational development. Registration is now open for the conference.

2019 Annual Data Report Published on AAVMC Website
There are 13,323 DVM students studying at AAVMC member institutions this year, up by 2.3% over last year. Of those, 2,614 are URVM, up 1.1% over last year, and more than 81% are female. Students are paying an average of $31,979 for in-state and $52,613 for out-of-state tuition, and 47.7% of them are sharing $35,269,054 in scholarship support. About 80% will graduate with debt that averages $169,046. In campus laboratories, faculty are investigating about $500 million in research programs, with just more than $200 million of that funded by the National Institutes of Health. You can process information like this in much less time than it took to read these sentences by consulting the AAVMC's 2018-19 Annual Data Report (ADR), which is now published on the website. Learn more.

Black History Month and Academic Veterinary Medicine
February is Black History Month, which presents a great opportunity to reflect upon the many contributions made in academic veterinary medicine by African Americans. One way to do that is to check out Episode 20 of the AAVMC's Diversity & Inclusion on Air podcast. During this episode, AAVMC Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill is joined by three prominent leaders in academic veterinary medicine: Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Willie Reed, dean of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Paige Carmichael, Professor of Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Click here to learn more about their experiences, thoughts and perspectives.
2018-2019 AAVMC Leadership Academy Preparing for Final Session in Washington
The newest cohort of future leaders in academic veterinary medicine will wrap up their year-long experience in the AAVMC's Leadership Academy next month during the annual conference in Washington. Over the course of the year-long program, academy members have taken a deep-dive into the nature of leadership excellence through three different workshops located around the country. Established in 2012, the academy is made possible through the generous support of Elanco. In a blog-post published on Linked-in, Elanco executive Tony Rumschlag shared an expression of gratitude from a former participant, as well as his thoughts on the program. Learn more.
Deans Leadership Conference Focuses on Risk Communication, Digital Future
Most of the deans leading the AAVMC's 49 member institutions and several invited guests convened in Naples, Florida January 17-19 for the 2019 AAVMC Deans Leadership Conference. Held since the 1980's, the conference provides an opportunity for deans to consider and address the issues, opportunities and challenges shaping the future of academic veterinary medicine. The meeting featured an Industry Leadership Panel, presentations on leadership communication and the digital future, as well as discussions on current issues. The AAVMC Board of Directors held a meeting prior to the conference. Learn more.
Students Learn about Public Health Practice during Veterinary Student Day at CDC
More than 300 veterinary students and faculty from across North America attended the 2019 Veterinary Student Day January 13-14 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The AAVMC is a major sponsor of the event, which seeks to build student and faculty awareness about career paths in public health, research and regulatory medicine. This is the sixth time this event has been held at CDC since 2006. The theme of this year's symposium was "The League of Extraordinary Veterinarians," chosen to highlight the role of veterinarians as public health leaders in a variety of work settings including federal service. CDC veterinarians played key roles as presenters, panelists and moderators. Veterinarians from state agriculture departments, state health departments, and USDA Food Safety Inspection Service served as panelists providing information about their work protecting the health of humans and animals.
Learn more.
IPEC Faculty Development Institute in Washington, D.C. May 22-24, 2019
Registration is open for the 2019 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Faculty Development Institute in Washington, DC. Held at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center, the Spring 2019 IPEC Institute takes place May 22-24, 2019. The AAVMC is a member of the IPEC. Returning to the popular theme of building a framework for interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP), the conference will be a unique gathering of health professions faculty, collaborative partners, expert presenters and staff facilitators. To view the agenda with confirmed speakers, click here. For more information or to register, visit the Spring 2019 IPEC Institute website or contact IPEC Associate Director Shelley McKearney at smckearney@aacnnursing.org. Learn more.  
National Academies Forum Addresses Burnout in Health Professions
AAVMC Senior Director for Academic and Research Affairs Dr. Ted Mashima participated in a recent workshop sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine that looked at best approaches for improving the wellbeing of health professionals in education and practice. The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education, sponsored by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, looked at how work and life stress factors can contribute to high rates of health professional burnout. Mashima was part of a panel that discussed how creative problem-solving within a systems approach can allow stakeholders to work together to address burnout and improve wellbeing among students, trainees, faculty, and health care professionals. Learn more
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Deadly Ebola Virus Is Found in Liberian Bat, Researchers Say
The New York Times
Why College is So Expensive in America
Veterinary Dean Named at University of Arizona
Today's Veterinary Practice
Time to Put Fluffy and Fido on a Diet?
The New York Times
Funding Cuts Could Worsen MB's Veterinarian Shortage
academica group
Pet Prescriptions May Be Contributing to Opioid Crisis
U.S. News & World Report
Richardson Stepping Down as Dean, CEO of Olathe Campus
AAVMC Names Recipient of Prestigious Veterinary Teaching Award
New Tool Could Treat Blood Infections Quickly
FDA-Approved Drug Hampers Cancer Metastasis in Animal Model, Shows Study
UF to Launch Open Heart Program
Tufts Receives Donation to Support Holistic Healing Treatments
Veterinary Practice News
LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine Gains Full Accreditation
Senior Dogs Can Suffer from Dementia Just Like People Do; Find Out If Your Older Pup Needs Help
Yahoo News
Gene Mutation in Dogs Linked to Rare Human Syndrome
American Veterinarian
Service Dogs Help War Veterans with PTSD Symptoms
Today's Veterinary Practice 
US Claims Milestone in Equine Imaging
Vet Times
Virginia Tech Names New No. 2 Ranking Administrator
Roanoke Times
New Precision Medicine Fights Cancer for Pets and Humans
Repair Surgery Among Latest Treatments for Mitral Valve Disease
American Veterinarian
UC Davis Study Applies Human Cancer Differentiation Analysis to Dogs
Veterinary Practice News
Texas Tech Vet School Receives Biggest Contribution Yet
LSU Garners $11.5M Grant to Establish Louisiana Pulmonary Research Center

From Our Members
National Search for Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State
LMU-CVM Celebrates Full Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial
UC Davis Veterinarians Team with Physician to Remove Tumor in Horse
UC Davis
Helpful Bacterium Shown to Fortify Newborns' Immune System in Animal Model
University of Florida
Mowat Earns NIH Career Grant for Innovative Eye Research
North Carolina State
Salmonella Typhoid Research
Texas A&M Professor, SeaWorld Perform First Spinal Tap On Bottlenose Dolphin
Texas A&M
Researchers Seek Clues to Better Treatment for Deadly Dog Disease
UF Veterinarians Collaborate to Save the Eye of a Rare Okapi Calf
University of Florida
People in Motion  

Former VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Cyril Clarke was named Executive Vice President and Provost at Virginia Tech

Joanne Hewson
became Associate Dean, Students and Academics, at Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

Stephen Pruett became Interim Dean of Research at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
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