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June 2015
May Graduation Ceremonies Herald New Class of Professionals
Including those who studied at international institutions, about 3,600 U.S. students recently earned their DVM degrees and stepped forward to serve the profession and society. Applicant data collected from the recently admitted Class of 2019 suggests where those future graduates come from and their planned destinations upon graduation.

UC-Davis SVM Wins 2015 AAVMC Excellence in Communications Award
The communication program at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCD-SVM), led by Communications and Marketing Director Linda Ybarra, has been recognized with the 2015 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award. The five-member judging team was impressed with the productivity, breadth and quality of a broad-based, results-driven program that has helped set records in philanthropic support and boosted hospital caseload. Learn more.
Looking at the Data: Focus on Faculty
The total number of full-time faculty currently employed by U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine is 4,171, representing a 20.2 percent growth in faculty since 2010. For comparison, student enrollment grew by 12.2 percent during the same period. The increases seen among faculty are largely made up of increases in the number of non-tenure track positions, both clinical (41 percent) and research (62 percent). Learn more.
June 12 Deadline for One Health Case Study Proposals
Faculty from member institutions are encouraged to submit case study proposals for a new AAVMC program that will create "One Health Scholars" and launch a promising interprofessional education initiative in the health professions. The One Health Interprofessional Education Initiative will integrate One Health concepts into the degree programs of students in the health professions. The working group seeks proposals for new, previously unpublished case studies. Proposals are due by Friday, June 12, 2015. Learn more.
2016 Annual Conference Call for Proposals
The AAVMC invites veterinary college faculty and students to share their work and ideas during the 2016 AAVMC Annual Conference, March 4-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Proposals for educational sessions and posters should be submitted no later than July 17, 2015 and will align with the 50th anniversary celebration theme of "50 and Forward"--what can we learn from the past, where does the profession want to be in the future, and how can academic veterinary medicine help us get there? Learn more.
AAVMC Executive Director Addresses Military Veterinarians
Veterinary medicine plays an important role in the U.S. military. That involvement created a natural opportunity for Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe, a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, to present keynote remarks during a formal dinner event held annually for military veterinarians. Whimsically nicknamed the "Vet Prom" by attendees as a result of its formal dress requirements, the event typically attracts many D.C.-based veterinarians working in the Army, Air Force, and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Learn more.
Faculty Fellowship a "Life Changing" Experience
When Dr. Sarah Allison talks about her recent public policy fellowship through the AAVMC, she exudes excitement. "I'm thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in this fellowship," she said. "It was life changing." Dr. Allison was one of two people selected to participate in the inaugural AAVMC Public Policy Fellows program in Washington, D.C. The new program is designed to help AAVMC-member institutions' faculty representatives develop leadership skills in the advocacy arena, explore the importance of public policy decisions to the profession, and gain overall knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process at the federal level. Learn more.
50th Anniversary Campaign Engagement Gets Underway
The AAVMC's 50th Anniversary Campaign is in full swing! Deans and communication officers in member institutions have received grassroots engagement "kits" and are encouraged to lead the charge at the state and regional level. The program goal is to build awareness and support for academic veterinary medicine and its member institutions. A new component of the 50th anniversary website is being developed that will enable members to track their engagement with the program and archive various achievements. Learn more.
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