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February 2014
AAVMC 2014 Deans Conference Focuses on Progress

Deans representing 38 North American, Caribbean and European colleges of veterinary medicine addressed pressing matters in academic veterinary medicine ranging from workforce issues to student wellness and One Health during the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' (AAVMC) annual Deans Conference in Naples, Florida, January 17-18, 2014. Learn more.

AAVMC Co-Sponsors "A Day at the CDC" Event for Students, Faculty

What is it like to be a veterinarian who works for the federal government or in public health? That was the focus of "Code Vet at the CDC: A Day at CDC for Veterinary Students," held recently at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, co-sponsored by the AAVMC, helps veterinary students and faculty learn more about career opportunities in public health and public service. Learn more.
VEC Symposium Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC) Symposium June 13-14, 2014, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Network, tour the new Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, get ideas for improved teaching, and learn about communications assessment on a budget at this AAVMC-sponsored event designed to foster teaching excellence in academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.
Digital Communities of Interest, Member Group Sharing Tools Now Operational  

The AAVMC now has online tools available where stakeholder groups can have real-time, online discussions and easy access to a shared calendar, documents and other tools. This recently launched system, based on Microsoft's SharePoint web platform, goes beyond the association's "members' only" website module by offering an expandable, centralized site that can be customized according to stakeholder needs and open to outside constituents for real-time feedback and input on specific topics. Learn more.
Gearing up for the 2014 AAVMC Annual Conference on One Health

There is still time to register for the upcoming 2014 Annual Conference on "One Health in Veterinary Medical Education," in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16, 2014. Dedicated to an integrated One Health vision that creates connections and spans disciplines, the conference will bring some of the best minds in the profession together to get the most up-to-date information on the direction of One Health initiatives and strategies for the future. Learn more.
UC Davis Professor Earns AAVMC/Zoetis National Teaching Award

Dr. Matthew Mellema from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is the recipient of the 2013 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis. The honor is considered the most prestigious national teaching award in veterinary medicine. The award recognizes excellence in professional veterinary medical education and is presented to an educator whose sustained record of teaching excellence and ability, dedication, character and leadership has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession. Learn more.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Earns AAVMC Excellence in Research Award

Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a professor of virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award. Selected by a committee of peers, the honor designates Dr. Kawaoka as the outstanding veterinary medical researcher of the year. The AAVMC Board of Directors established the annual research award in 2010 to recognize outstanding research and scholarly achievements in the field of veterinary medicine. Learn more.
AAVMC Planning for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fifty years of achievement and progress in academic veterinary medicine will be celebrated when the AAVMC observes its golden anniversary March 2015-March 2016. A committee of past and present AAVMC leaders and member organization representatives has been established to plan a year-long series of events designed to recognize historic milestones and build public awareness and support for the important role academic medicine plays in modern society. Learn more.
Federal Support Funds High-Tech Study of Mastitis

Mastitis is a highly prevalent dairy cow disease that ruins cows' health and wreaks havoc in the dairy industry. Now with nearly $500,000 over three years from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cornell National Institute of Food and Agriculture, faculty at the college of veterinary medicine will employ a new technology to examine mastitis in ways it has never been studied before. This story is the first in a series of stories that the AAVMC will highlight in the Vet-Med Educator on a regular basis from member institutions that demonstrate the positive effects of federal investment in schools and colleges of veterinary medicine. Learn more.

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