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Monday, 14 March, 2016

2016 Annual AAVMC Conference Celebrates “Fifty and Forward”

Washington, D.C., March 14, 2016  – The AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration concluded with an epic annual conference and Gala Celebration centered around the theme of "Fifty and Forward."

“This event was a great success,” said Dr. Andrew Maccabe, AAVMC Executive Director. “As we reviewed the history to prepare for the anniversary, we saw the amazing contributions so many people have made over the years to get us where we are today. I'm proud to be part of the stewardship for such a great organization.”

AAVMC President Dr. Eleanor Green announced that the AAVMC Recognition Lecture was being renamed the “Billy E. Hooper Lecture Award for Distinguished Service to Veterinary Medical Education.” Dr. Hooper was honored for the founding role he played as the AAVMC’s first executive director and as a former editor of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. Former Kansas State University Dean Dr. Ralph Richardson delivered the 2016 Recognition Lecture.

The AAVMC meeting began with the introduction of “Pathways to Progress,” a book on the history of the AAVMC and its member institutions authored by Cornell Dean Emeritus Dr. Donald F. Smith. The limited edition 280-page volume explored the history of academic veterinary medicine, profiled AAVMC member institutions, and told the story of the founding and development of the AAVMC.

Dr. Trevor Ames, AAVMC immediate past president, examined the formation and development of the AAVMC. Former Ontario Veterinary College Dean Dr. Elizabeth Stone discussed major planning and development initiatives like the Pew National Veterinary Education Program and NAVMEC before former North Carolina State University CVM Dean Dr. Oscar Fletcher looked at advancements in curriculum and design over 50 years. Other presentations featured the history of the JVME, global academic veterinary medicine and One Health, and the new Public Policy Faculty Fellows program.

AAVMC President Dr. Eleanor Green concluded with a gaze into the future of academic veterinary medicine. That provocative presentation challenged faculty and administrators to embrace their role as change agents in an emerging new world of veterinary medicine being transformed by advancements in information technology.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (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, Europe and Australia.

See the 50th anniversary celebration news page.

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