April 2017
Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium Shatters Attendance Records
More than 300 educators and stakeholders - the highest number ever - attended the AAVMC's 2017 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium March 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Themed "Building a Diverse Workforce to Serve Global Needs," the conference focused on the development of diverse and inclusive environments within global academic veterinary medical institutions. Presentations focused on building diversity and inclusiveness on campus, promoting intercultural competency, fostering appropriate culture and climate, and many other areas. The 2017 AAVMC conference was sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim, Zoetis and AVMA-PLIT. Learn more.
Schools Adopt More Holistic Admissions to Increase Student Body Diversity
Consider two veterinary medical school applicants. Applicant number one checks all the boxes for a high G.P.A. and other quantitative qualifiers. Applicant number two, despite having lower numbers, overcame great adversity to persevere and graduate. In the past, the admissions staff at most schools would only focus on recruiting and accepting applicant number one, based upon formulas that gave priority to academic factors. However, some schools are taking a more holistic, comprehensive approach to admissions that increases consideration of qualitative factors when evaluating applicants. Two sessions at the recent annual conference focused on the use of holistic admissions practices as a method for creating more diverse and inclusive student bodies. Learn more.

Zoetis Awards Scholarships to Rising Veterinary Students
Zoetis and the AAVMC announced the winners of the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program during the recent 2017 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference at Texas A&M University in College Station. Now in its eighth year, the program awarded 315 scholarships to second- and third-year veterinary students. Zoetis awarded 24 additional scholarships through partnerships with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). This year, a record number of more than 1,700 applicants from universities throughout the United States and the Caribbean vied for the scholarships, which were awarded in recognition of academic excellence, financial need, diversity, sustainability, leadership, and career path. Learn more.
AMR Legislative Briefing Highlights Need for Action, One-Health Approach
The public health threat posed by antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria demands immediate attention and a comprehensive response. Partnering with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the AAVMC has recently outlined a series of research and educational strategies. But effective policy development and federal government support are also key. To build awareness and cultivate support on Capitol Hill, the AAVMC and the APLU presented a legislative briefing on March 23. Learn more.
AAVMC's Council on International Veterinary Medical Education Funds Charter Micro-Grants
The AAVMC's Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) has funded its first two micro-grants, each of which is designed to foster inter-regional collaboration and quality programs in global academic veterinary medicine. CIVME's mission is to advance high-quality veterinary education internationally through the promotion of inter-regional cooperation and the development and dissemination of best practices in academic veterinary medicine. In October 2016, CIVME announced an educational grant program for educators based on proposal topics that align with at least one of those goals. CIVME announced that the first two grants would be funded at $5,000 each during the recent 2017 Annual Meeting of the AAVMC in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
Annual Career Fair Keeps Getting Better and Better
An estimated 500 prospective veterinarians and guests attended the AAVMC's 2017 Career Fair following the AAVMC's Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium. Students gathered information from more than a dozen veterinary medical schools at display tables staffed by college representatives, including admissions officers and deans. In the exhibition hall, students and their parents asked questions and picked up informational materials about schools, admissions requirements, and veterinary careers. During information sessions, students could answer questions to earn t-shirts that said, "I am a Future Veterinarian." Learn more.
Government Relations Directors Update Students at Several Veterinary Colleges
The "Fix-the-Debt" initiative and economic issues in veterinary medicine have made many veterinary medical students more interested in the federal programs and activities that affect the profession. Legislation like the Higher Education Act and the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act materially affect important items like financial aid, loan repayments and career opportunities. Some of these students are now more up to speed than they were, thanks to the efforts of AAVMC Governmental Affairs Director Kevin Cain and AVMA Government Relations Assistant Director Gina Luke, who have recently visited four member institutions. Learn more.
Veterinary Career Advisor Network (VetCAN) Contributing to Student Success
Todays' veterinary medical students deserve exceptional support, especially considering some of the current financial and competitive pressures that exist. And many service sectors within academic veterinary medicine are developing strategies for providing ever greater levels of support. One method for doing that is creating coalitions of like-minded professionals at different institutions to share ideas and promote best practices. And the recently established Veterinary Career Advisor Network (VetCAN) is a perfect example of that. Learn more.
CEO Maccabe Concludes Air Force Career During Military Ceremony
From left: Brigadier General Erik H. Torring, III, Colonel James A. Mullins, AVMA President Dr. Thomas Meyer, and AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe.
The role of veterinarians in the uniformed services was showcased when AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force during a formal military ceremony filled with pageantry and tradition. Military leaders, AAVMC and AVMA officials and more than 100 special guests gathered during the final evening of the AAVMC's recent annual meeting for the official event that commemorated Maccabe's 24 years of active and reserve service. Friends and guests, many clad in tuxedos and gowns, learned more about the essential role of veterinary medicine in the uniformed services and the life of the person who has led the AAVMC for the past five years. Learn more.
Pet your Dog or Cat and Call Us in the Morning
Pet-owners and professionals alike have been hearing anecdotal evidence about the health benefits of companion animals for decades. But the Washington D.C. based Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), an AAVMC affiliated organization, has been focused on empirically demonstrating that value for the past several years. Recently, animal health firm Zoetis, working closely with HABRI, unveiled an important public outreach campaign designed to help consumers understand more about that special relationship. Called The Pet Effect, the campaign seeks to educate pet owners about the scientifically-documented health benefits of the human-animal bond and place their community veterinarian at the center of the conversation. Learn more.
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