December 2018
Inside Higher Ed Editor Scott Jaschik to Speak at March Annual Conference
One of the nation's most respected experts on issues in higher education will address registrants during the  AAVMC's 2019 Annual Conference in March. Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, will present a plenary address during the opening afternoon program on Friday, March 8. Inside Higher Ed is an online news-magazine with a circulation of 1.9 million readers that provides news, analysis and opinion on higher education. Jaschik co-founded the widely followed online magazine in 2004 with two others after serving as editor of the Chronicle for Higher Education. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held March 8-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Read more.
Veterinary College Administration: A Solid Foundation for University Leadership
There's no shortage of worries facing university leaders these days. Rising costs, diminished public support, tuition, student debt, diversity and inclusion, technology issues, conflict, recruitment, regulations and accountability are just a few of the things weighing on the minds of Presidents and Provosts. We at the Vet-Med Educator grew curious about how many veterinary college deans had moved on to serve in senior leadership positions in higher education. Though assembled through word-of-mouth and internet searches, we quickly compiled a list of 18. We began to wonder about some of the qualifications and experiences that help make veterinary college deans uniquely qualified for service in higher office. So we checked in with a few respected leaders. Read more.
VMCAS Data Analysis Underscores Strong Applicant Demand
The final data analysis from VMCAS 2019 is complete and it affirms that applicant demand for admission to AAVMC member institutions through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) grew substantially during the last cycle. A total of 8,151 individuals applied to attend veterinary medical college through VMCAS this cycle, which represents an 8.68 percent increase over the number of persons who submitted applicants last year. The total number of applications submitted was 40,565, which was up almost 11 percent. Each applicant applied through VMCAS to about five (5.2) institutions. The number of applications to U.S. schools totaled 36,431 (up almost 11 percent) and the number of applications to international schools was 4,156 (up over 11 percent). Read more.
Council on Education (COE) Update and Activities: Members, Site Visitors Sought
The Council on Education is tackling a busy agenda that includes process improvement, a robust agenda of site visits, and participation in the U.S. Department of Education's every five-year re-recognition program, according to AAVMC Senior Accreditation Advisor Dr. Sheila Allen. The COE is seeking to fill several upcoming vacancies for six-year terms on the council and needs to recruit a new cohort of site visitors to serve terms from 2020-2026. Application and nomination procedures will be announced by the AVMA and AAVMC in January 2019. If you are interested in learning more about serving as a site visitor or as a member of the COE, please contact Dr. Sheila Allen at, or Dr. Karen Brandt at Read more.
AAVMC Monitors Generational Trends, Anticipates Gen Z
The Greatest Generation. Baby Boomers. Millennials. Gen Z.  Evolving changes in culture, economics, technology and demographics tend to forge traits and values that define generations. In order to understand the motivations and needs of prospects and applicants, the AAVMC keeps a close eye on generational values and trends. Understanding what makes them tick and how they like to communicate is a key part of effectively connecting with them. "It's important for us as an association that we are responsive to the needs of the (veterinary) pipeline," said Tony Wynne, the AAVMC's director of Admissions and Recruitment Affairs during a recent episode of the Diversity and Inclusion on Air podcast. Read more.  

Diversity and Inclusion on Air Podcast Exceeding Goals
The audience for the AAVMC's Diversity and Inclusion on Air podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill, is growing dramatically. Greenhill's goal was to double the number of "listens" for the podcast from about 250 to 500 a month. In November 2018, the show was on track to hit 800 listens, far surpassing her goal. The AAVMC launched the podcast in the fall of 2015. It features conversations about diversity, inclusion and veterinary medicine and covers a wide range of topics with guests from across the veterinary profession. See a list of episodes here. Learn more here.

Call for CIVME Research Grant Program
The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) is accepting grant proposals for the third annual cycle of the CIVME Research Grant Program. Proposals should support projects that promote international collaboration in veterinary medical education. Proposals will be evaluated on criteria that include relevance, impact, fit with CIVME goals, feasibility, risk analysis, and others. Total project budgets should not exceed $10,000 and are limited for a maximum period of 24 months. The application deadline is January 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST. Detailed information on the program is available here. Read more.
2019 Soulsby Foundation One Health Fellowships Deadline January 31, 2018
The Royal Society of Medicine is seeking applicants for the Soulsby Foundation Travelling Fellowships. The Fellowship program was founded to promote One Health and honors the late Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior in Great Britain. Soulsby, who passed away in 2017, was former veterinary surgeon to the Queen, dean of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Up to two Soulsby Fellowships, funded at a level between £10,000 and £15,000 will be presented to a veterinarian or a physician who proposes to accomplish a meaningful project in the international field of One Health. The deadline for applying for a Soulsby Fellowship is January 31, 2019. Read more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Transmission of Antibiotic Resistant E. coli Mapped in Wild Giraffe Social Networks
Health Medicine Network
Sniffing for Science
The Price of Harassment
Today's Veterinary Business
OSU Researchers Find Key Factors in Inflammation
News Channel 21
Animals Rescued by UCD Vets from Camp Fire
Daily Democrat
Researchers Discover Key Factors Behind Intestinal Inflammation in CVID Patients
New Way to Study Swallowing Could One Day Lead to Improved Treatments for ALS
Fears Grow of a Swine Fever Epidemic in China
Asia Times
V Foundation Announces Grant-making Program for Canine Oncology Research
Veterinary Practice News

From Our Members
Medicine Without Borders: Cornell Cardiologists Travel the World to Improve Treatment at Home and Abroad
Cornell University
A Shot at Preventing Canine Cancer
University of Wisconsin
Veterinary College at Virginia Tech Unveils 'Shilo' Howling Beagle Statue
Virginia Maryland
LMU-CVM Hosts Inaugural Appalachia One Health Leadership Experience
Lincoln Memorial
People in Motion  

Dr. Julie Funk from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine has been named as founding dean of the University of Arizona's veterinary college.

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) C. Barr has been named as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Joanne Hewson has been named as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Ontario Veterinary College.
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