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Friday, June 24, 2016

New Leadership for AAVMC Leadership Academy

 Dr. Karen Cornell
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Dr. Darcy Shaw
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2016 – Dr. Karen Cornell from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences (CVM&BS) and Dr. Darcy Shaw from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Prince Edward Island, Canada, have been chosen to head up the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ (AAVMC) Leadership Academy.

The AAVMC launched the Leadership Academy in 2012 to develop emerging leaders in academic veterinary medicine.

Academy participants typically enroll in a year-long, three-component program focused on various aspects of leadership, including effective communication, strategic thinking, change management, conflict resolution, advocacy and other areas.

“It’s vitally important that we actively cultivate leaders who can inspire and motivate others and who have both the practical skills and the vision to lead academic veterinary medicine into the future,” said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe.

Drs. Cornell and Shaw are replacing the academy’s founding leaders, Dr. Michael Chaddock, associate dean for administration at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. James W. Lloyd, dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Drs. Cornell and Shaw are exceptionally well qualified and we’re very pleased to have them engaged with this key AAVMC program,” said Maccabe. “We’re also immensely grateful to Drs. Lloyd and Chaddock for the initiative and service they brought to the creation and development of our Leadership Academy.”

Drs. Cornell and Shaw have both won numerous teaching awards and held leadership roles in professional organizations.

Dr. Cornell is the associate dean for professional programs at the Texas A&M CVM&BS. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where her roles included chief of staff for surgery, assistant department head in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, interim director of the teaching hospital, and associate dean of academic affairs.  

As a lead facilitator and consultant for the Institute for Healthcare Communication (IHC), she has trained over 330 veterinary faculty members from 36 veterinary schools in effective communication and has developed and delivered educational materials regarding communication within veterinary teams, disclosure of medical errors, delivering feedback and conflict resolution.  

Dr. Shaw is a professor of small animal internal medicine in the AVC’s Department of Companion Animals. He has served in several roles at the AVC, including hospital director, department chair and associate dean of professional services. He is a past president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and helped establish the AVC’s communication skills teaching program.

The AAVMC’s Leadership Academy program is sponsored by Elanco.

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 around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

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