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AAVMC 2016 Public Policy Faculty Fellows Program

The nomination period for the 2016 AAVMC Public Policy Faculty Fellows Program begins on August 19, 2015. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The program is designed to bring member institutions’ faculty members to Washington D.C. to develop leadership skills in the advocacy arena, explore the importance of public policy decisions to the profession, and gain overall knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process at the federal level. All nominees must submit a package of no more than five pages that includes an abbreviated CV highlighting work that is relevant to this program; a letter outlining their reasons for applying for the program and what they would like to gain from the program; and any other supporting documents.

The guidelines for this program are:

  1. A maximum of two fellows will be chosen during each fiscal year, dependent upon AAVMC resources and advocacy issues. Fellowships last a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of eight weeks. The dates of the fellowships will be determined in consultation with the Director of Governmental Affairs, and will be determined based on the issues to be studied, the congressional calendar, and the availability of the fellow.
  2. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000 from the AAVMC to cover expenses, but will remain on their employer’s payroll, subject to University policies.
  3. Each Institutional Representative may nominate one individual from their institution to attend. This program is not limited to U.S. institutions. Each Institutional Representative must also approve in advance the necessary time away if their faculty member is selected.
  4. Special consideration will be given to nominees who have exhibited leadership skills, especially in the areas of advocacy and government. This may include, but is not limited to, AAVMC student externships, AVMA student externships, AVMA AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowships, AAVMC Leadership Academy, AVMA Future Leaders, service on AAVMC or AVMA committees or councils, campus and faculty leadership roles, state organized veterinary medicine, or other activities.
  5. Each candidate must agree to advise and mentor future fellows.

Please submit nominations and supporting documents electronically to Andrew Zoeller at

Questions about the program can be directed to Kevin Cain, Director of Governmental Affairs at

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