January 2022
The Importance of One Health Emphasized During January
The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world so completely that it also shook up conventional professional healthcare roles. Veterinarians mobilized to administer vaccines. Cross-professional teams organized to conduct collaborative research. People became more aware of “zoonotic” diseases that have the potential to cross over from animals to people.
In that sense, the pandemic was a powerful illustration of One Health, especially as it relates to combating infectious disease in the face of a global emergency.

January is One Health Awareness Month, which is designed to communicate the vital need for scientists and health professionals, including veterinarians, to work together at the intersection of human, animal, and eco-health. It highlights the mutual dependency of humans, animals and the environment and how to maximize cooperation and discovery.

In order to succinctly explain this important concept, a cadre of global organizations recently agreed upon a One Health definition, found here.

During January, stay tuned to the AAVMC’s social media as we recognize and highlight One Health Awareness Month.

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Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Awards Announced, Application Information Available
Food animal veterinarians are in short supply, in both private and public practice, particularly in rural communities. One cause for this shortage is the high cost of professional veterinary medical education, which can lead veterinarians to choose other, more lucrative career paths. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced the fiscal year 2021 Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) awards. VMLRP provides up to $75,000 in loan repayment over a three-year period to help eligible veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medical degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. Funding is authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act. In 2021, NIFA received 143 applications and made 78 awards totaling $7,558,227 in loan repayments. Learn more and get application information here.
NIFA Invests $2.9 Million in Rural Food Animal Veterinary Medicine
Six AAVMC member schools are among seven schools recently awarded Education, Extension and Training (EET) grants under the Veterinary Service Grants Program (VSGP). The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture also awarded 10 Rural Practice Enhancement grants, for a total of $2.9 million in grants, all designed to help mitigate food animal veterinary service shortages in the United States. Those earning EET grants include Colorado State University, the University of Illinois, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the Ohio State University and Virginia Tech. The program is designed to support education and extension activities that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians to gain specialized food animal skills and practices. The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the establishment of the VSGP as a companion to the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program.
Join us for the AAVMC’s 2022 Annual Conference & Iverson Bell Symposium “Catalyze 2022” at Washington D.C.’s famous Watergate Hotel March 3-5, 2022. This year’s meeting will be presented as a hybrid: virtual and in-person.

The final early bird registration ends on January 17, and the hotel cutoff date for reservations is January 31st.

Exciting sessions have been planned and will explore how advancements in admissions, instruction, discovery, and organizational development are impacting academic veterinary medicine. Substantial programming will focus on how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and wellbeing programs can enhance institutional success.

Three world-class guest speakers will present during the conference: authors Nikole Hannah-JonesRandy Bass and Anthony Carnevale. To learn more and register, please click here.
Many healthcare-related organizations are losing staff due to "burnout," especially pandemic-related stress. What can teams and organizations do to systemically address work-related stress and trauma? Get guidance in this monograph: Work-related Stress and Trauma: Supporting the Mental Health of Health Professionals from the AAVMC's Director for Wellbeing, Makenzie Peterson, MSc.
Member Engagement
Registration is now up for the next Diversity Community Read! We will be reading The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Ms. Jones will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Catalyze 2022 Conference.
“I recognize that some in our community may be surprised by this choice, given the controversies around the 1619 Project itself and its author,” says, AAVMC Senior Director of Institutional Research and Diversity, Dr. Lisa Greenhill. “I think as educators, we should challenge ourselves to directly engage with content that pushes us to think critically. We say that lifelong learning is what we want to promote; we have to live that!”
AAVMC’s Diversity Community Read is open to anyone; book discussions will take place on AAVMC Learn and across social media. Interested readers can sign up for the program here!
Professional Development
VetCAN will host two career events, the Large Animal Predominant and Government Organizations Expo and the Small Animal Predominant Virtual Career Fair.

The Large Animal Expo will be held on January 22 from 1:00-4:00 PM EST and provides an opportunity for students and veterinary professionals in large animal practices and public sector/governmental organizations to find job opportunities, externships or just make connections and get advice! Register now!

The Small Animal Predominant Virtual Career Fair will be held February 19 from 1:00-4:00 PM EST. This winter’s fair launches a new format that features open ‘rooms’ for each organization where students can freely enter to learn more about the practice, view presentations or panel discussions, and engage in 1-on-1 chats using text, audio, or video. Additionally, prior to the event day, organization representatives can look through candidates and set up meeting times in order to interview candidates on the event day. Candidates are invited or pre-selected and then may choose an available time slot of the recruiter who invited them. All of the interviews are 1-on-1. Students and employers can register here. Please email vetcan@aavmc.org with any questions! 
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) 2022/23 application cycle will open on January 20, 2022, and close September 15, 2022. Learn more about updated Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (VMSAR) via applytovetschool.org.

The Soulsby Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2022 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 Fellowships are presented to early career veterinary or medical researchers seeking to accomplish a meaningful project in the international field of One Health. The deadline for applying for a Soulsby Fellowship is January 31, 2022.
AAVMC Staff Updates/News
  • Congratulations to Ms. Leslie Wilson, Manager for Meetings and Events, who was named as one of six honorees for the 2022 Young & Aspiring Professionals for Association Trends Salute to Association Excellence. Check out her honoree profile, Leslie Wilson.
  • Best wishes to Mr. Jeffrey Douglas, Chief Communications Officer, and thank you for 10-plus years of service to AAVMC. Mr. Douglas was a valued contributor to the team and his service was appreciated and will be missed in the veterinary medicine community. We wish Jeff and his family the best in this next chapter of life.
  • Welcome to Ms. Susan Leigh, Director of Marketing and Communications. Susan will take over leading the marketing and communication efforts for the AAVMC. Her goal is to continue the work of elevating and amplifying the message of the AAVMC and promote the positive impact of all who do good work in the field of veterinary medicine. She can be reached at sleigh@aavmc.org. Click here to learn more about Susan.
In Memorium
The AAVMC honors Dr. Lester Crawford’s memory and his significant contribution to the field of academic veterinary medicine. As a former AAVMC Executive Director from 1993-1997 and 2001-2002 and serving as editor of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) from 1994-1995, and more recently serving on the 50th Anniversary committee in 2016, Dr. Crawford’s service and support to AAVMC was both impactful and a part of the organization’s overall history. Thank-you Dr. Crawford!
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