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Tuesday, 06 August, 2013

AAVMC Adopts New Strategic Plan, Responds to AVMA Council on Education Changes During Chicago Assembly Meeting

AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe presents a photo book featuring the work performed at association's member schools in support of the veterinary profession to AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven.  He presented the book in honor of the AVMA's 150th anniversary during its recent conference in Chicago.
Washington, D.C., August 6, 2013 – Member institution representatives learned about the AAVMC’s new strategic plan and discussed major changes regarding the composition and operations of the AVMA’s Council on Education during the Meeting of the Assembly recently held in Chicago.

Dr. Kent Hoblet, AAVMC incoming president and dean of the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, presented details of the new strategic plan adopted by the board of directors. The new plan is tightly focused on AAVMC’s core strengths – (1) generating high quality data from our member institutions, (2) strengthening advocacy and communications to increase influence, and (3) facilitating and catalyzing discussions on contemporary issues in academic veterinary medicine.

These core initiatives will be aligned with AAVMC’s standing committees on academic affairs, admissions and recruitment, diversity, one health, and research. The plan includes performance metrics tied to strategic initiatives and is designed to be flexible enough to enable AAVMC leaders to respond quickly to emerging issues and new priorities.

Dr. Sheila Allen, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and chair of the Council on Education (COE), discussed changes in the composition and operation of the COE. Members of the COE will now be appointed by the AAVMC and AVMA instead of being elected by the AVMA House of Delegates. In addition, site visits to institutions seeking accreditation or reaccreditation will now be conducted by individuals who are not current members of the COE. The changes were made as a result of recommendations made by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to enhance the accreditation process.

During the July 19 meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates, AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe presented a book to the AVMA leadership in honor of the AVMA’s 150th anniversary. The book, titled Building the Future of Veterinary Medicine, featured images showing the history and scope of academic veterinary medicine in the U.S. and a congratulatory message from outgoing AAVMC president Deborah Kochevar, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

“As you look through the pages of this book, we hope you will gain a sense of the strength and the magnitude of the system of academic veterinary medicine that is supporting our profession,” she wrote. “Ours is indeed a special partnership, and so it is truly an honor to congratulate you during this year celebrating 150 years of service.”

The meeting included an update on initiatives related to goals outlined in the North American Veterinary Medical Education consortium (NAVMEC) report, Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century—Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible.  The NAVMEC report, which included input from academic veterinary medicine, the veterinary profession, and licensing and accrediting bodies, outlined goals and competencies that are essential to meet society’s needs. 

Dr. Cyril Clarke, dean of the University of Oregon College of Veterinary Medicine, and chair of the Data Committee, discussed refinements to the AAVMC’s annual Comparative Data Report (CDR), which is being streamlined and standardized to focus on the most useful information for member institutions.  He also discussed the challenges associated with collecting information about state support for public colleges of veterinary medicine, which is highly variable and reported differently from one state to another. 

Dr. Deborah Kochevar recognized AVMA Executive Vice President Dr. Ron DeHaven, who presented an overview of the new Partners for Healthy Pets program. Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe discussed upgrades to the Veterinary Medical Application Service (VMCAS) and the new Veterinary Medicine Caucus in the U. S. House of Representatives, which currently has twelve members.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine.

Jeff Douglas or Jeanne Johnson: 
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