April 2022
Zoetis to Distribute First-Round of Grants

Zoetis Foundation recently announced that it will distribute $4.7 million during its first-round of 2022 grants, supporting 19 initiatives based in 20 countries to help enable thriving professions and livelihoods for livestock farmers and veterinary professionals.

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and livestock farmers provide invaluable services to our communities, raising and caring for animals to be healthy and productive. Yet veterinarians and farmers face immeasurable challenges globally—from rising student debt to lack of diversity to mental health challenges, including higher risks of suicide. The AAVMC will benefit as a grantee of three out of 19 initiatives who will receive funds to include the following two wellbeing programs:

Pathways to Change: Creating a Culture of Wellbeing by Design
Generating organizational wellbeing solutions for veterinary medical education through evidence-based approaches, design-thinking, and change management practices.

There is overall agreement that veterinary medical education as a profession is facing issues related to wellbeing that are impacting not only students but the entire academic community. There is an opportunity to create change that would address these issues at an organizational level using evidence-based approaches. AAVMC received funding from the newly established Zoetis Foundation to develop a program over the next year that provides a pathway for volunteer institutions to move towards organizational, structural change that supports an inclusive climate of wellbeing. This program will focus on supporting the efforts of member institutions wanting to develop and implement preventative measures by looking at the systems, policies, and environments to mitigate distress and enhance wellbeing. Program participants will have access to experts in design-thinking, organizational change management, and evidence-based practices in organizational wellbeing. With this program guiding and empowering member institutions, participants will have the opportunity to shape the future of veterinary medical education around the world. Additional information will be provided once development is complete.

Well On Our Way

In collaboration with the Veterinary Mental Health Initiative (VMHI) based out of The Shanti Group, and also generously funded by the Zoetis Foundation, the Well On Our Way program is a wellbeing webinar series being developed and curated from the best wellbeing professionals in veterinary medicine with applicable, evidence-based, and timely skill building to help veterinarians, both in academia and beyond, be “well on their way” throughout their careers. This program will be a monthly webinar series that amplifies the curriculum from VMHI from their evidence-based peer-support model program to students and the general veterinary population. This webinar series will provide products that educators and learners can rely on and have confidence in – not just within veterinary colleges but also throughout the profession as lifelong learners. VMHI provides an empathetic and supportive program to help professional peers navigate through similar challenges. They emphasize processing stress and grief, learning effective coping skills, implementing a healthier work-life relationship, and renewing a love for veterinary medicine. Additional information will be provided once development is complete.
AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

Calling all communications professionals in the field of academic veterinary medicine. Here is your chance to be recognized for your work. Submissions will be accepted starting April 15th through May 31st. Learn more here.
National Veterinary Student Wellbeing Study

As part of AAVMC’s strategic plan to “promote a climate of wellbeing throughout academic veterinary medicine,” the Clinician Wellbeing Initiative, sponsored by Zoetis, Inc., seeks to establish national-level data related to the wellbeing of house officers, faculty/clinicians, and students and provide organizational recommendations for our member institutions and for future research. In April 2022, AAVMC will launch our first national Veterinary Student Wellbeing Study. The purpose of this study is to identify the wellbeing-related concerns and protective factors present within veterinary medical education for students. This study recognizes the systemic environment that students navigate and will focus on environmental factors influencing their wellbeing – particularly around the topics of physical health, mental and emotional health, help-seeking, and the learning environment. The Intern/Resident Wellbeing Study was conducted in 2020, and the Faculty & Clinician Wellbeing Study was conducted in 2021 with the data findings and recommendations being initially presented at AAVMC’s Annual Meeting in 2021 and 2022. These national-level studies will be conducted every two years to assess longitudinal data trends in the academic and training space. To view the presentations related to the completed studies, please check out AAVMC Learn!
Admissions and Recruitment Affairs
Students applying through the Veterinary Medicine Centralized Application Service (VMCAS™) — created by Liaison and used by nearly every veterinary school in the United States — will now be able to use the Time2Track app to streamline the often-time-consuming process of tracking, documenting and sharing relevant experience hours as part of veterinary school applications. Learn more here.
Certificates for Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

This program is open to pre-vet students, faculty, staff, technicians, residents, practicing veterinarians and more. These online certificate programs are designed for people with demanding schedules. Complete a combination of distance learning, life experiences, and reflections to build your skill sets. Certificates and Continuing Education credit are available upon completion. AAVMC offers a 1:1 match for faculty and/or staff registrations for the program, which allows colleges to get 2 registrations for the price of 1! Learn more here.
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Professional Development
CIVME council members March 2022, Washington D.C., United States
Congratulations to our 2022 CIVME Research Grant and MSD Antimicrobial Stewardship Grant winners! Details on the next application cycle will be shared soon.


Sarah Corner, Michigan State University - Initiation of a Global Collaborative Veterinary Telemedicine Program to Enhance Veterinary Education and Diagnostics

Rebecca Garabed, Ohio State University - Non-University Veterinary Educational Trips
Jane Manfredi, Michigan State University - Evaluating International Approaches to Teaching Core Concepts in Veterinary Radiology Positioning

Nayana Wijayawardhane, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – Generating Veterinary Student Ambassadors to Combat Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes in Four Veterinary Schools in the World
Leadership Program Scholarship Opportunity Available

AAL in collaboration with AAVMC is pleased to announce the 2022 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP): Emerging Leaders in Veterinary Medicine Tuition Scholarship – four scholarships will be awarded. Apply for the scholarship here. Apply by May 6, 2022. The program will be held in Atlanta, GA from July 17-19, 2022.
Interprofessional Leadership Development Opportunity

The IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program (ILDP) is a three-day, interactive professional development experience, distinguished by an emphasis on leading in an interprofessional environment. Facilitated by the Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL), the ILDP engages leaders responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of campus-wide interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives, and residency/fellowship leaders in IPE for collaborative practice (IPECP).
Learn more here.
Academic Affairs
A special thank you to The Stanton Foundation

The AAVMC would like to thank The Stanton Foundation, created by Dr. Frank Stanton, long-time president of CBS, for providing generous support for the 2022 AAVMC Annual Conference. With the support of the foundation, the AAVMC coordinated a symposium that included updates on important AAVMC initiatives, presentations focused on spectrum of care and the competency-based veterinary education framework, as well as a round table discussion inviting the veterinary education community to discuss strategies in clinical education. Ultimately, The Stanton Foundation helped bring together a variety of sessions focused on collaboratively improving veterinary education with a focus on spectrum of care.

World Veterinary Day is April 30th and is designated to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians around the world for the health of animals, people and the environment. Learn more and apply for a World Veterinary Day Award here.
AAVMC Staff Updates/News
AAVMC welcomes two new provisional members: University of Nottingham and University of Liverpool.
AAVMC wants to encourage its members to ENGAGE with each other. Please take time to connect with your colleagues and counterparts in academic veterinary medicine through AAVMC Connect. These communities are most frequently engaging: AAVMC Assembly; Academic Affairs; and AAVMC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When’s the last time you updated your profile, bio and have you added a new headshot recently? Connect, Engage and Network!!!
Thank You to all our members who recently completed a committee term for their service.

Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Jodi Korich, Associate Dean for Education – Cornell University
Academic Leadership
  • Dr. Karen Cornell, Associate Dean for Professional Programs – Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Mary Jo Burkhard, Associate Dean for Faculty & Staff Affairs, Inclusive Diversity, and Planning – The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Hilda Mejia-Abreu, Associate Dean, Admissions, Student Life & Inclusivity – Michigan State University
  • Dr. Liesa Rihl Stone, Assistant Dean for External Relations – The Ohio State University
Annual Conference Planning
  • Dr. Carla Cartrell, Professor/Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Midwestern University
  • Dr. Carolyn Henry, Dean, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Molly McCue, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, University of Minnesota
CIVME Council
  • Dr. Dietmar Holm, Deputy Dean – University of Pretoria
  • Dr. Ehab Abu-Basha, Secretary-General – Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Nitish Debnath, Professor – Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Dr. Serge Bakou, Professor – Inter-State School of Veterinary Sciences & Medicine of Dakar
COE Selection
  • Dr. Baljit Singh, Dean & Professor – University of Calgary
  • Ms. Renee Knosby, Director of Operations, Iowa State University
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Michael Bowie, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – University of Florida
  • Lois Hoyer, Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies – University of Illinois
  • Dr. Monica Howard, Program Manager II – Iowa State University
People in Motion
University of Florida (UF) Veterinary College - Michael Mison, D.V.M., will become associate dean for clinical services for small animal operations; and Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., who has led the UF Veterinary Hospitals as interim associate dean for clinical services since December 2019, will become associate dean for clinical services for large animal operations and will be responsible for the UF Large Animal Hospital in Gainesville, the UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala, and the UF Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.
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