Leadership: Accomplishing our Mission
This is an exciting time for the veterinary profession and academic veterinary medicine. In
an era of globalization, veterinarians hold increasingly appreciated and highly valued roles and responsibilities in society. The AAVMC is committed to equipping veterinarians and those who educate them with up-to-date tools and resources that are required to play a leadership role, including enhanced professional development, targeted leadership training, networking, and the sharing of best practices.
As an organization, the AAVMC is the premier association of academic veterinary medicine, offering professional development consistent with our commitment to develop the next generation of leaders in veterinary medicine (strategic goal number five).
For example, in order to equip leaders who know how to manage risk, build trust and deal with resistance without getting off track, the AAVMC sponsors leadership-building opportunities such as "Leading Change: Diversity and Risk Communications in Veterinary Colleges," a half-day seminar from author and award-winning Gerogetown University Professor Robert J. Bies, at our 2011 annual conference in March.
strategic plan also outlines other areas in which we provide leadership, including:
We lead efforts to review, evaluate, and improve veterinary medical education in order to prepare graduates with the competencies needed to address society's needs.
To accomplish this goal, we initiated the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC), with the mission of developing a plan to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of veterinary medical education. We also collaborate with other health professions on interdisciplinary efforts of common interest consistent with a "One Health" philosophy.
We lead efforts to increase the amount of veterinary research conducted and the number of graduates entering research careers.
This includes advocating for a 25 percent increase in public and private investment in research in veterinary sciences of importance to animal and human health. We also regularly host scheduled events for research deans and key faculty to enhance their ability to share resources and best practices, as well as obtain federal and foundation support. We also work to attract veterinary students to research.
We lead efforts to recruit a student body aligned with society's demands for veterinary expertise.
We conduct an annual analysis of the veterinary medical applicant pool and veterinary medical graduates to project areas of need within the profession in order to support recruitment efforts by professional and postdoctoral programs.
We lead recruitment and admissions efforts.
We help to align the pre-veterinary requirements among member institutions, facilitate successful application to U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine, and develop the recruitment expertise of member institutions.
We lead efforts to increase the number of racially and/or ethnically underrepresented in veterinary medicine.
As educators, we are committed to advancing veterinary medical education and ensuring a strong future for the U.S. veterinary medical workforce. Improving the diversity of the veterinary medical profession is essential to the profession's long-term success and sustainability. The AAVMC has assigned a high priority to working towards a more diverse profession by focusing efforts to increase enrollment of students and recruitment of faculty from underrepresented populations.
We lead the promotion and dissemination of high-quality veterinary medical research by publishing the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME)