Primary Care Veterinary Educators

AAVMC's Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE)

The AAVMC’s Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) is preparing students for professional excellence in primary care veterinary medicine.

The PCVE is enhancing primary care programs at colleges of veterinary medicine, developing exceptional primary care educators, preparing career-ready veterinarians, and creating opportunities for collaboration between primary care veterinary educators and the profession.


To advance and inspire primary care veterinary education

  1. To enhance primary care education programs within the colleges of veterinary medicine.
  2. To develop excellent primary care educators
  3. To produce career-ready veterinarians
  4. To increase opportunities for collaboration between primary care veterinary educators and the profession
The Value of Primary Care Education

Primary care education is an essential part of modern veterinary practice. About 75% of veterinary medical students plan on providing clinical care for companion animals in general practice. Leaders in the profession have determined that pet-owners need to better understand the many benefits of providing regular preventive care for their pets. Experts know better primary care can help prevent the onset of serious disease and improve the overall health and wellbeing of the nation’s 180 million pet cats and dogs.

The PCVE collaborates with the Partners for Healthy Pets, an initiative led by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Health Association and scores of partners from higher education to business and industry. PHP is working with practitioners and pet-owners to increase awareness about the importance of regular visits to the veterinarian and the value of preventive care.

History of the PCVE

The PCVE group began when a group of educators recognized the need to improve primary education for veterinary medical students.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital caseloads had gradually become more concentrated on difficult and unusual referral cases that required advance expertise. Fourth year students were gaining a lot of experience with challenging cases during fourth year clinical rotations, but in some cases, were not gaining enough experience with common everyday care. The group also recognized opportunities for introducing more effective primary care education programming earlier in the curriculum.

At the same time there was growing awareness in the profession about the importance of providing better primary care for the companion animal population.

A group of veterinary medical educators began meeting in 2008. Following informal meetings in 2008 at Cornell University and 2010 in St. Louis, the group held their first symposium at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in 2011.

Recognizing the need for administrative support and organizational structure and development, the group began discussions with the AAVMC. AAVMC officials helped organize a joint meeting between the PCVE and the Partners for Healthy Pets at the University of Georgia in 2012. In January 2013, the PCVE officially became a part of the AAVMC and now operates as a subcommittee of the AAVMC’s Academic Affairs Committee.

The 2013 AAVMC Primary Care Veterinary Educators’ World Symposium was held at Purdue University, with about 70 veterinary educators representing 36 AAVMC member institutions. The symposium was sponsored by Merial.

PCVE Subcommittee of the AAVMC leadership

Dr. Jason Coe (Chair) - University of Guelph
Dr. Beth Boynton (Assistant Chair) - Western University of Health Sciences
Dr. Ira Roth- University of Georgia
Dr. Raelynn Farnsworth- Washington State University
Dr. Richard Meadows- University of Missouri
Dr. Amy Stone- University of Florida
Dr. Stacy Eckman - Texas A&M University
Dr. Christine Bryan - Mississippi State University
Dr. Melinda Frye - Colorado State University

Dr. Ted Mashima - AAVMC liaison

Annual PCVE Symposium

The annual symposium offers presentations and networking opportunities designed to help primary care educators generate new ideas and develop more effective educational strategies. Presentation topics often include coaching and mentoring strategies, practice management and promotion, as well as clinically oriented topics such as low-stress feline handling in the clinical environment.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

AAVMC Council on International Veterinary Medical Education Funds Charter Micro-Grants

read more Thursday, March 30, 2017

Annual Data Report Published on AAVMC Website

read more Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Veterinary Medical Educators Convene for Annual Meeting

read more Journal of Veterinary Medical Education