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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The World’s Oldest Veterinary Medical College in Lyon, France, Joins the AAVMC



WASHINGTON, D.C., July 23, 2014 – The oldest veterinary college in the world, VetAgro Sup at the University of Lyon in France, has joined the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).


“VetAgro Sup at the University of Lyon is a wonderful addition to our association,” said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. “As the first veterinary college in the world, they have a storied and venerable history, as well as a valued international perspective that will bring even more richness and scope to our organization.”


Veterinary colleges and schools must be accredited by the Council on Education (COE) to become voting AAVMC members. VetAgro Sup-Lyon France recently became accredited and, therefore, eligible to join the AAVMC.


As an International member Institution, VetAgro Sup will enjoy the benefits of full voting rights and a voice in the affairs of the association as specified in the association’s bylaws, eligibility to join the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), and the opportunity to participate in many innovative programs and services relevant to academic veterinary medicine.


VetAgro Sup also becomes eligible to use VMCAS, the AAVMC’s application service that aspiring veterinary medical students use to apply to most veterinary medical schools that are accredited by the AVMA. VMCAS collects, processes, and submits application materials to the veterinary medical schools and responds to inquiries about the application process from applicants, advisors, parents, and schools.


The system also has electronic evaluation and submission capability and serves as a social media hub via Facebook where applicants can ask questions, interact, and obtain updates. The VMCAS application cycle for prospective students seeking admission to veterinary college during fall 2015 began June 5.


The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include all 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, eight departments of veterinary science, seven departments of comparative medicine, 14 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine.


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