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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nelson Installed as AAVMC President, U.S. Deans Gather During Summer Meeting


 
  From left: Past-president Dr. Douglas  Freeman, dean of the Western College of
  Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, President Dr. Phillip Nelson,
  dean of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, and
  President-elect Dr. Calvin M. Johnson, dean of the Auburn University College of
  Veterinary Medicine. Download a photo here.

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2017 – New AAVMC leadership was installed, issues in academic veterinary medicine were considered and briefings were provided by top veterinary medical officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the AAVMC’s summer meeting in Indianapolis.

Dr. Phillip Nelson, dean of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California, assumed the presidency; Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Calvin M. Johnson assumed the duties of president-elect; and Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan Dean Dr. Douglas A. Freeman transitioned to the immediate past-president position. University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Mark Markel continues as treasurer, and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Paul Lunn was named secretary.

President Nelson earned his DVM degree from the Tuskegee Institute in 1979 and his PhD in immunology and biotechnology from North Carolina State University in 1993. He earned his BS from Jackson State University. Prior to assuming the deanship of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, he served the school as Executive Associate Dean for the Pre-clinical Program. Before that, he was head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and he served as Associate Dean at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 11 years.

Nelson has been active with the AAVMC for several years and chaired the Advocacy Committee. New at-large board members include Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Susan Tornquist, Region 1 (U.S.); University of Melbourne School of Veterinary Medicine Head Dr. Ted Whittem, Region III (Australia, New Zealand, Asia); and Pennsylvania State University Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine Dr. Tiffany Whitcomb, representing departments of comparative medicine. New board liaisons (non-voting) include Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Bryan Slinker, representing the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU); and Mr. Aaron Colwell, representing the Student American Veterinary Medical Association.

All of the appointments will be slightly truncated during this transition year as the AAVMC formally moves its annual Assembly from the former summer meeting to the annual meeting, which is typically held in early March.
 
 Past-president Dr. Douglas Freeman, (left) passing the gavel to President
 Dr. Phillip Nelson. Download a photo here.


AAVMC Senior Accreditation Director Dr. Sheila Allen presented an update on Council on Education (COE) activities for members that included recent and proposed revisions in the COE standards, data harmonization, a new Accreditation Management System and COE financial support. Discussions were held regarding veterinary specialty colleges that have decided to impose residency program registration fees on academic institutions that operate residency training programs. The AAVMC is opposed to the imposition of these fees. The group also discussed AAVMC policy development regarding states that enact discriminatory legislation and policies. Food & Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) Director Dr. Steve Solomon and USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jack Shere also made presentations on their respective agencies.

The 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, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

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Contact:
 
Jeff Douglas (jdouglas@aavmc.org or 540-998-1800)
Jeanne Johnson: (jjohnson@aavmc.org or 410-825-1323)