November 2019
Two AAVMC Members Earn Diversity HEED Awards
Two AAVMC member institutions have been awarded the 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Honorees include the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2017, Ohio State has won the HEED award twice. Texas A&M has won it for the past three consecutive years. The Heed Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. Read more.
Two Veterinarians from AAVMC Member Institutions Elected to National Academies
Two leaders from AAVMC member institutions have been inducted into the prestigious National Academies. Dr. Stuart Reid, Principal of the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and Dr. Susan Vandewoude, Associate Dean for Research at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Reid is a former AAVMC board member and secretary and VandeWoude has been active with the Research Committee. Membership in the National Academies is limited to scientists, engineers and health professionals who have reached the highest levels of professional achievement and distinguished service. Read more.
VMCAS Application Cycle Opens January 22, 2020
In a significant departure from past practice, the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) 2020/21 application cycle will open on January 22, 2020 and close on September 15, 2020. The cycle typically opens in May. The change has been undertaken to make the process more convenient for applicants and provide them with more time to complete the various components of the application process, according to AAVMC Director of Admissions and Recruitment Affairs Diana Dabdub. New this year, applicants will be able to begin compiling their application without needing to apply to a specific college or school. Learn more.
CBVE Group Evolves, Develops Content, Hones Strategy
The Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) working group continues to evolve. The group is honing its strategy for the future and some members have taken on new challenges and initiatives. Co-chair Dr. Laura Molgaard recently stepped down to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kristin Chaney from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has stepped into the role of co-chair. Dr. Jennie Hodgson, associate dean for professional programs at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, continues as co-chair. Click here to learn more about their recent activities. Learn more.
Virtual Career Day Connects DVM Employers and Job Seekers
The Veterinary Career Advisor Network (VetCAN) will present a virtual career fair on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The DVM Virtual Career Day provides a forum for employers to identify top-quality candidates and provides job-seeking students and alumni from AAVMC member institutions with the ability to review job opportunities from their desktop or mobile device. Job seekers (both current DVM students and DVM alumni) from all accredited veterinary colleges are encouraged to attend and upload their resume by Saturday, November 9, 2019 to receive exclusive invitations from employers. To register or obtain more information, click here. Learn more.
AAVMC’s 2019 Annual Report Published
The AAVMC's 2019 Annual Report has been published. The 24-page report, themed "Strategic Alignment," includes updates on major program areas like admissions and recruitment, health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, educational debt and other areas. Programmatic activity within each of the AAVMC's enterprise-wide initiatives to Analyze, Catalyze and Advocate are also detailed. The report contains several infographics summarizing key data on application trends, graduation, enrollment and student debt. The report also contains an annual financial report. Read the report.
VEC Scheduled for June 21-23, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas
The AAVMC’s Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium will be held June 21-23, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. Themed “It Takes a Village,” the symposium is being hosted by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A registration site for the meeting will be created in the near future. The Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC) provides online and face-to-face collaboration and sharing among veterinary medical educators. VEC focuses on planning, faculty development, and sharing best practices. The collaborative serves as a mechanism to address challenges in veterinary education and is open to all veterinary educators and the educationalists who support them.
CIVME Accepting 2020 Research Grant Proposals
The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) is accepting grant proposals for the fourth 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. 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 2020 and in other communications. The application deadline is January 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. EST. Learn more.
Zoetis Scholarships Award Deadline
Zoetis Inc. and the AAVMC are again partnering to provide scholarships to second- and third-year veterinary students in the United States and Caribbean through the 2020 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Awards program. Scholarship recipients will each receive $2,000 for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. To date, the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship program has awarded over 3,300 scholarships totaling more than $6.7 million. Eligibility criteria include academic excellence, financial need, diversity, sustainability, leadership and career interest. Scholarships will be awarded to students in all areas of professional interest, including food animal medicine, small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, public health, and organized veterinary medicine. To learn more about the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Award or to apply for a scholarship, register at or download the VETVANCE mobile app. Learn more.
HABRI Accepting Human-Animal Bond Research Proposals
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has opened its seventh request for proposals (RFP) to investigate the health and wellness outcomes of pet ownership and animal-assisted activities. HABRI is a non-profit Washington, D.C. based organization that works to “establish, through science, education and advocacy, the vital role of companion animals in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.” The AAVMC is a long-time HABRI partner and encourages researchers with an interest in the human-animal bond to consider the opportunity. For the second year in a row, Pet Partners has pledged significant, additional funding to investigate the health, education and wellness outcomes of animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and animals involved, according to HABRI Executive Director Steve Feldman. For more information, contact Feldman at or Lindsey Melfi at
Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) Round-Up
Educational debt in the United States is estimated at $1.6 trillion and looms as a significant economic threat for society at large, not just a generation of students. It's a big problem in academic veterinary medicine as well, but a group of dedicated volunteers are working hard to help. Members of the Veterinary Debt Initiative, comprised of the AVMA, the AAVMC and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), have been meeting regularly for almost two years. Their goal: to help veterinarians thrive in financially sustainable and rewarding careers. Click here to read the newest collection of stories in their periodic roundup.
People in Motion

Dr. Shawkat Hailat has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Jordan University of Science and Technology. 

Dr. David Clark has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Gopal Reddy has been named Associate Dean for Research at the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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