August 2021 V.5:3
The AAVMC’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) was founded in 2016 with the goal of promoting collaboration and fostering innovation on a worldwide scale to advance the quality of teaching and learning in veterinary medical education.
CIVME Initiatives
6th Award Cycle for CIVME Research Grant Opens
The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) is accepting grant proposals for the sixth 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 to a maximum duration period of 24 months. The application deadline is January 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. EST. Preference will be given to applications that represent collaborative efforts among institutions and across regions. The CIVME Research Grant will be available in English, French, and Spanish.

Proposals will be evaluated on criteria that include relevance, impact, fit with CIVME goals, feasibility, risk analysis, and others. Funded proposals will be announced during the AAVMC’s annual conference in March 2022 and in other communications.

 The council promotes:

  • Communication and collaboration that advances international veterinary medical education
  • Collaboration among educational researchers
  • Dissemination of innovations and other educational advances among international members

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MSD Animal Health Continues Partnership with AAVMC on Global Antimicrobial Resistance Education Programs
MSD Animal Health and the AAVMC are excited to announce their third year of partnership on an international grant program created to help mitigate the global public health problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Administered through the AAVMC’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME), the MSD Animal Health CIVME Antimicrobial Stewardship Grant program (ASGP) seeks to improve instructional programs related to AMR in educational institutions around the world. The program funds two grants for up to $10,000 over a maximum period of 24 months.

The grant program focuses on antibiotic stewardship and emphasizes disease prevention through improved vaccination protocols. Keeping more animals free from infectious disease through immunizations will reduce the amount of antimicrobial agents required to treat sick animals.

 “As a company that is highly committed to science-based research, MSD Animal Health supports the responsible use of antibiotics to prevent and treat disease, maintain the health of animals and, ultimately, ensure a safe global food supply,” said Elzo M. Kannekens, DVM, director of global public policy and multilateral affairs, MSD Animal Health. “We advocate for the use of vaccines to prevent disease and are making significant investments in global anti-microbial stewardship efforts to ensure current treatments remain effective as long as possible. As part of this commitment, we are proud to partner with AAVMC to bring forward this international grant program to improve educational programs about antimicrobial resistance.”

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CIVME Regional Associates Feature
Juan Antonio Cristian Pereira Rico (Gabriel René Moreno University, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Santa Cruz- Bolivia).
Dr. Professor Juan Antonio C. Pereira Rico, CIVME Regional Associate from Bolivia, completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science from Gabriel Rene Moreno University (UAGRM) in Santa Cruz - Bolivia (1989), followed by MSc Degree (1999) in Quantitative Genetics from the Obihiro University (Japan) and PhD Degree (2002) in Genetic Improvement of Dairy and Beef Cattle from the University of Iwate (Japan). He also had training in molecular genetics in La Plata University, Argentine (2011).

Professor Pereira joined the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences (FCV) at UAGRM as a researcher in a project aiming to perform genetic improvement of dairy and beef cattle in 1991 and was promoted to full Professor in 2005 in Animal Genetics. He has served in several leadership roles including the Head of the Research Institute of the F.C.V (2005-2010), Academic Director of the FCV (2010-2016) and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2016 -2021). He also was part of the board of the Latin American Animal Production Association (2016-2018). Please click here for the remainder of the story.
International News in Veterinary Medical Education
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International Inclusivity at Core of AAVMC Name Change eadlin
The AAVMC has changed its name from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges to the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The wording change, although subtle, now correctly denotes that our international members are part of an American-based association, linked by a common accreditation system. In contrast, the former name described the colleges as American-based.

This action was undertaken to recognize the AAVMC’s evolving role as an international organization. Presently, 22 of the 55 COE-accredited schools are outside the United States. In addition, AAVMC includes 12 Collaborative and Provisional Members from outside of the United States that are not yet accredited by the COE.

“Our international members told us that they wanted us to retain the word ‘American,’ indicating their association with the American accreditation system,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “Because of that preference, the term ‘international’ was not included in the new name, even though institutions from throughout the world are eligible to qualify for membership.”
Updates in Veterinary Medical Education Research
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the University of Toronto Press are pleased to announce that the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) has adopted a hybrid print and online publishing model which incorporates open access of all published content. All JVME content is now published with a 12-month open access embargo and all issues published up to and including volume 47 issue 3 (June 2020) are now open access at

This change expands access to important developments in veterinary medical education. JVME’s transition to a hybrid publishing model amplifies its global reach to veterinary medical practitioners, educators, researchers, prospective and current veterinary medical students and other stakeholders.

Under the new model, JVME will maintain a rolling 12-month embargo on new issues. Based on the date of issue publication, and at no cost to authors, all articles will become open access directly on the journal’s website 12 months after publication. During the first 12 months of publication, content will remain available to members of the AAVMC and by subscription to both library and individual customers. Faculty and students of AAVMC member institutions and subscribing libraries have access to all content available by subscription. Please click here for the remainder of the story.
Around the World
Creating Veterinary Disease Detective through Field Epidemiology Training Program in Bangladesh
Photo of participants in stakeholder’s workshop for FETPV program in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV) is a two-year skill-based "learning by doing" approach. This epidemiological training is being jointly delivered by the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, and Global Health Development (GHD). The program was launched last September 2020 with the objectives to create human capacity for providing epidemiological services for animal health and public health, and to provide population health service for the Department of Livestock Services. From another angle, the program promotes the One Health approach at human, animal, and ecosystem interface. Please click here for the remainder of the story.
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