Frequently Asked Questions


Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about the AAVMC and academic veterinary medicine. Should you not find answers to the question(s) you have below, please feel free to contact us and we will be pleased to help you. 
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No. AAVMC is an association of institutions of higher education, and does not provide any kind of veterinary services. Please contact your state veterinary medical association for a list of care providers in your area. You may also look at our membership page to see if there is a veterinary college near you.

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AAVMC does not accredit DVM or equivalent educational programs. This is done by the AVMA Council on Education. AAVMC is, however, responsible for appointing a portion of the council’s membership. For more information, see the AVMA website.

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The AAVMC does not rank veterinary medical colleges. Please see our policy on third party ranking systems in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

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AAVMC is an association of institutions of higher education, whereas AVMA is an association of individual veterinarians. While AAVMC and AVMA have many areas of common interest and collaboration, each is an independently incorporated organization.

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AAVMC provides a paper and electronic copy of the annual Comparative Data Report to the institutional representative for institutions participating in the data collection process. It is typically distributed in mid-December. A copy can be obtained through the office of your institutional representative. AAVMC Members with access to the Comparative Data Report are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the report, and treat it as an internal Association document. For more information, please see the Comparative Data Report Access Policy in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

Non-member entities wishing to obtain data contained within this report should contact Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at lgreenhill@aavmc.org. Any distribution of data from the report is considered on a case by case basis.

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AAVMC provides a key contacts directory to each member institution, which is updated yearly and includes contact information for the institutional representative, their administrative assistant, and associate deans at each member institution. It also has information on other associate deans, department chairs, center/lab directors, admissions officers, advancement professionals, business officers, financial aid officers, legislative points of contact, librarians, and teaching hospital directors. This list can be obtained through your institutional representative, which is the dean of a college or the chair or head of a department. For more information, please see the key contacts policy in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

The AAVMC Key Contacts List may be made available to non-members for use in communications that are germane to academic veterinary medicine. Any person or organization requesting access to the Key Contacts List must demonstrate that such use is relevant and beneficial to AAVMC members, and must agree to be bound by the terms and conditions imposed by AAVMC.

AAVMC also has a jobs board. Any posting to our jobs board is automatically posted to other jobs boards in the Veterinary Careers Network, which includes the AVMA and participating state VMAs.

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Investigators seeking approval of the AAVMC for dissemination of surveys to the AAVMC’s member institutions must provide the study information to Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at lgreenhill@aavmc.org. Submissions should be received by the AAVMC prior to seeking Institutional Review Board approval. Submissions should also be received for review at least one month prior to the anticipated start of data collection. For more information and a list of what study information needs to be reviewed, see the survey submission and review policy in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

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For information on each of AAVMC’s committees, please visit our committee webpage. If you are an employee of an AAVMC member institution interested in volunteering, a call for volunteers is sent out each summer to contacts at member schools. New committee members’ terms begin after the Annual Meeting of the Assembly each summer, and terms of appointment vary. To make sure you are on an appropriate AAVMC mailing list, please email Lawann Smith-Johnson, Administrative Assistant at lsmith@aavmc.org.

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Dues are billed in April and are due July 1 of each year. AAVMC sends the dues invoice to the institutional representative as well as the financial contact for the institution. For more information, please contact Mark Stodter, Accounting Manager at mstodter@aavmc.org.

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To find out more about AAVMC Member Institutions, including international institutions, please visit our AAVMC Member Institutions page. You can also see the full member listing.

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