November 2017
Registration Open for Annual Meeting March 2-4, 2018 at Grand Hyatt Washington
Registration is now open for the AAVMC's 2018 Annual Meeting and Assembly, which will be held March 2-4, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. Considered the ultimate professional development event in academic veterinary medicine, this year's meeting is themed "New Horizons in Veterinary Education: Addressing Opportunities with Innovative Approaches." Hundreds of educators and leaders from throughout academic veterinary medicine are expected to converge for the three-day meeting. Learn more.
AAVMC's PCVE Symposium Advances Primary Care
Veterinary medical educators recently gathered at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine for the Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) Symposium. Over 80 participants from 28 U.S. schools and 10 international schools met for a series of presentations and networking opportunities focused on generating new ideas and developing more effective strategies for primary care education. The symposium was generously supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, Hill's Pet Nutrition and IDEXX Laboratories. Learn more.
Three AAVMC Members Earn Diversity Heed Award
For the first time, three AAVMC member institutions have been awarded the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, Texas A&M University and The Ohio State University have all earned the designation this year, which recognizes them as exemplary institutions. The HEED Award and the Health Professions HEED Award are the only national awards that honor individual institutions for being outstanding examples of colleges, universities, or health profession schools that are committed to making diversity and inclusion a top priority across their campuses. Learn more.
AAVMC's 2017 Annual Report Published
The AAVMC's 2017 Annual Report has been published. Digital copies are available on the website and multiple print copies to support selected distribution within member institutions will be arriving in the weeks ahead. The 20-page report is themed "Learning and Leading" and includes updates on major program areas like admissions and recruitment, health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, educational debt and other areas. Programmatic activity within each of the AAVMC's enterprise wide initiatives to Analyze, Catalyze and Advocate are also detailed and the report contains several infographics and a financial report. Learn more.
AVMA, AAVMC and AAVSB Endorse Telehealth Statement
A formal statement developed by the AVMA/AAVMC Joint Committee regarding telehealth and veterinary medicine has been endorsed by the AAVMC, the AVMA, and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). "Telehealth has the potential to transform how the veterinary medical profession serves people and animals," said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "The educational community needs to make sure new generations of veterinarians are prepared to leverage the technology. We are especially pleased to be working with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards in this rapidly emerging area to ensure that telehealth is used appropriately to improve veterinary medical services in the future." Learn more.
Fifth Annual AVMA Economic Summit Held
Leaders from veterinary medical education, industry and allied groups recently gathered in Rosemont, Illinois, for the Fifth Annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Economic Summit. At the summit, members of the AVMA veterinary economics team and others presented the latest data and research on veterinary medical economic issues, including financial issues in veterinary practice and education. AAVMC Past-President Dr. Douglas Freeman, Senior Director of Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill, and Governmental Affairs Director Kevin Cain all presented at the event. Learn more.
CIVME Grant Applications Solicited
The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) is accepting grant proposals for the second annual cycle of the CIVME Funding Program, which supports projects that promote international collaboration in veterinary medical education. Total project budgets should not exceed $10,000 and are limited for a maximum period of 24 months. Preference will be given to applications that represent collaborative efforts between institutions and across regions. The application deadline is January 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. EST. Detailed information on the program is available here. Learn more.
Maccabe Congratulates 'Future Veterinarians' at National FFA Congress
About 65,000 members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) recently converged upon Indianapolis for their annual FFA Conference, and more than a few will likely end up becoming veterinarians one day. Perhaps some of those heard AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe present congratulatory remarks during the awards ceremony for the massive convention's Veterinary Sciences Career Development Event, which is sponsored by Zoetis and the AAVMC. Students participating in that program participate in a series of tests, evaluations and skills laboratories, as well as a team-based project in veterinary medicine which takes place prior to the convention. Learn more.
UC Davis Treats Animals Affected by Wildfires
The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine treated dozens of animals that were injured or displaced during California's recent wildfires. The catastrophic wildfires ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres in Santa Rosa and California's wine country, destroying more than 6,000 homes and other structures. The school sent faculty veterinarians and students to perform search and rescue missions throughout Sonoma County and the Napa area. And the school's Veterinary Emergency Response Team was on the front lines offering care to all kinds of animals. UC Davis set up a Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund to help treat animals affected by the wildfires. Learn more.
One Health Congress Fellows Deadline December 1, 2017
Early career professionals wishing to apply for One Health Fellowships at the One Health Platform's Fifth Annual One Health Congress in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada June 22-25, 2018 must submit their proposals by December 1, 2017. Open to participants from around the world, the One Health Fellows program awards financial support to cover the registration fee, accommodations and travel in exchange for presenting their work. Fellows must be senior PhD students or must have held a PhD or a clinical qualification for no longer than three years at the time of the application. For more information on qualification criteria, follow this link. The AAVMC is helping sponsor the fellows program and the event. Learn more.
Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue Visits UGA-CVM
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue (bottom row, third from left) with UGA CVM Dean Dr. Lisa Nolan (bottom row, left), the AAVMC's Director of Governmental Affairs Kevin Cain (second row, second from right) and others at UGA.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue was recently on campus at the University of Georgia (UGA) to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new $150 million USDA Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory that will work closely with the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, Secretary Perdue met with UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Lisa Nolan and colleagues. Perdue, a veterinarian and former Georgia governor, toured the campus and attended a luncheon with administrators and students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources .  Governmental Affairs Director Kevin Cain represented the AAVMC during the event. Learn more .
Open House Held for Medical Education Associations Based at 655 K Street
Programs designed to build awareness and promote collaboration among the series of national health education associations headquartered at 655 K Street in Washington, D.C., continue. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the host organization that constructed and owns the office building, recently organized an "Open House" for the five major associations now based at 655 K Street. One of the AAMC's goals in building the office complex several years ago was to provide a nexus for health education associations based in Washington, D.C. Having the organizations based in the same building promotes interprofessional collaboration and an integrated approach to promoting health and wellness. Learn more.
AAVMC Observing Public Health Thank You Day on November 20
The AAVMC is partnering with Research!America and other U.S. public health organizations to celebrate Public Health Thank You Day on November 20, 2017. The day seeks to recognize public health professionals working to protect the health of all Americans and raise awareness about the critical role public health workers play in keeping the nation safe and well. "Most of us working in veterinary medicine understand the substantial role modern veterinary medicine plays in public health and the critical role public health plays in society," said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "But many people don't make those connections, so we're pleased to join Research!America in congratulating these professionals for the important work they do." Learn more.
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