March 2017
Annual Data Report Published on AAVMC Website
The applicant-to-seat ratio among AAVMC member institutions has climbed to 1.7, total male enrollment has fallen below 20 percent for the first time, 668 U.S. citizens are now studying veterinary medicine at colleges outside of the United States and enrollment and graduation rates are increasing at rates of less than two percent per year. Those facts and more can be found in the AAVMC's more comprehensive and newly released 2016-17 Annual Data Report (ADR). Published annually, the ADR contains a series of charts and graphs that detail important trends in academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.
Big Step Forward in Battle Against Antimicrobial Resistance
Educating students, producers, veterinarians and others about the proper stewardship and judicious use of antibiotics in production agriculture is an important campaign in the battle against antimicrobial resistance. Now, a group of professors and scientists working on a project emanating from the Joint Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) | AAVMC Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture has taken a huge step forward in that effort. The Antimicrobial Resistance Core Competencies Working Group has produced a comprehensive set of AMR Learning Outcomes. Learn more.
Nominations and Applications Being Accepted for Council on Education
Nominations and applications for COE members to serve representing preventive medicine and basic science are now being accepted. The nomination deadline is March 24, 2017. The AAVMC also appoints members representing large animal clinical science, small animal clinical science, postgraduate education, veterinary medical research, another in basic science, and a representative from the AAVMC membership. These other positions are filled as terms expire. Nominees and applicants in the basic science category must be actively engaged in basic science education and research. Nominees and applicants must be full-time, permanent faculty members at the rank of associate professor or professor (tenure-track or non-tenure track), or equivalent at an AAVMC-member college of veterinary medicine, or at an institution that is an AAVMC affiliate member. Learn more.

Texas A&M Student Earns AAVMC Diversity Leader Award
Erin Black
The AAVMC has named Texas A&M University (TAMU) veterinary student Erin Black, originally from McKinney, Texas, as the recipient of the 2017 Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leader Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes veterinary students who have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine. "Through this scholarship, we're proud to honor veterinary medical students who are working to advance diversity and inclusion within our colleges and schools," said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "Erin is a truly remarkable young woman who has already accomplished a great deal in just a few short years, and I'm sure we're going to be hearing more about her in the future. The leadership and passion she brings to her work and her community makes her an outstanding honoree."  Learn more.
Iverson Bell: A Pioneer in Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Iverson Bell
Every two years the AAVMC celebrates the late Dr. Iverson Bell as the quintessential champion of diversity and inclusiveness in veterinary medicine. The AAVMC's biennial Iverson Bell Symposium honors his legacy. But who exactly was he, and what exactly did he do to earn such respect and appreciation? Dr. Iverson Bell was a visionary leader who is revered as an early and eloquent advocate for diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine. Born in Texas in 1916, Dr. Bell overcame the era's segregation and pervasive racial discrimination to forge a thriving private veterinary medical practice while demonstrating ground-breaking leadership in veterinary medicine, education, civic affairs and civil liberties. Learn more.
JVME Edition Focuses on Mental Health and Wellness
Worry about the mental health and wellness of professionals and students within the veterinary medical community has prompted action on several fronts. The AAVMC has supported several major meetings to help mitigate the problem, and the organized veterinary medical community is also responding. These efforts are now augmented by a special edition of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, which will be published in mid-March . The goal of the special edition is to stimulate and disseminate research examining different facets of this complex problem, support and encourage future research, and set the stage for evidence-based strategic responses and interventions, according to JVME Editor Dr. Daryl Buss.  Learn more.
University of Sydney Professor Earns Global Humanitarian Award
Dr. Alders (right) accepting the Mitchell Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Robyn Alders, an associate professor from the University of Sydney, Australia, has won the first Mitchell Humanitarian Award for her work in global food security and animal health. Alders led massive immunization programs against avian Newcastle disease. More than 20 million chickens in three countries were innoculated, helping provide many poor families with healthy chickens they can rely upon for food and resources. "This is a fantastic achievement," said Dr. Rosanne Taylor, dean of the faculty of veterinary science at the University of Sydney. "It's well-deserved recognition for a veterinary career full of dedicated service to humankind." Learn more.
IPEC Presents Interprofessional Education Webinar March 9
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will launch its new webinar series on March 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. EST with a presentation focused on trends and activities in interprofessional education for collaborative practice. Recognizing the need for interdisciplinary approaches in the health sciences, the AAVMC joined the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) in 2016. The webinar will focus on the development and expansion of the IPEC core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Organizers say the presentation will be useful for health professions and partner faculty, students, and practitioners wishing to learn important information on the principles of the interprofessional competencies. Learn more. Register.
Interpersonal Communication Strategy Something Worth Talking About
Much has been written and said about the loss of civility in social discourse. Some say it's because the impersonal nature of digital communication causes people to say things they would never say in person, and that's now spilling over into the world of face-to face communication, where it fosters conflict and affects personal relationships. That's bad news for building and sustaining the kind of diverse and inclusive environments that promote mutual well-being and collective advancement. AAVMC Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill recently shared a strategy for effective communication called LARA, based upon Quaker principles. Learn more.
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