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April 2016
AAVMC to Relocate International Headquarters
655 K. Street
In a move that will provide more suitable facilities and advance the One Health agenda, the AAVMC will relocate its international headquarters to the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) new office building at 655 K Street in Washington, D.C. this September. "This is a strategic move for the AAVMC," said Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. "It's a modern building designed from the ground up to promote organizational collaboration and productivity..." Learn more.
Zoetis Program Awards More than 350 Veterinary Student Scholarships
Zoetis and the AAVMC have announced this year's winners of the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Now in its sixth year, this program recognized 353 second-and third-year veterinary students and presented more than
$700,000 in scholarships during the recent 2016 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference. To date, this program has awarded over $5.2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students. Learn more.
AAVMC Expands Research Agenda
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The AAVMC is expanding the scope and breath of its research and data collection operations. In addition to reporting on long-standing topics such as the quality of the applicant pool, the AAVMC's research and data team is delving into new and more in-depth areas of investigation that include wellness initiatives and gender as it relates to leadership opportunities and career interests. The AAVMC's 2016 research agenda encompasses four main areas: pre- and post- admissions applicant research, CVM admissions, campus climate and student wellness initiatives, and gendered pathways into the profession and into leadership positions within academia. Learn more.
Senator Franken Honored with Charter "President's Award for Meritorious Service"
Senator Al Franken's Legislative Director Ali Nouri accepting the award at gala.
The AAVMC recently awarded its first "President's Award for Meritorious Service" to Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) in recognition of the leadership role he has taken on Capitol Hill in advancing One Health. In presenting the award, AAVMC Past President Dr. Trevor Ames announced that Senator Franken had introduced the national "One Health Act of 2016" in the Senate on the day before, Friday, March 4. (see related story in this edition of the VME). Learn more.
"Fix the Debt... Our Future, Our Responsibility Summit at Michigan State
Thought leaders from throughout the academic and organized veterinary medical communities will converge at Michigan State University April 20-22 for a major symposium focused on the issue of the cost of veterinary education and student debt. The "Fix the Debt... Our Future, Our Responsibility" conference is sponsored by Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the AAVMC and the AVMA. Planners have been working on program development since 2015 and held a major planning meeting in November 2015 to map out the meeting. Learn more.
AAVMC Expresses Concern, Takes Steps in Face of Controversial North Carolina Law
AAVMC has joined a large number of corporations and organizations that are expressing concerns about the recent passage of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act in North Carolina. Many people believe that the controversial measure allows discrimination against LGBT people, which is at odds with AAVMC's Principles of Inclusion. Those principles state, "We confront and reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, political beliefs, geographic, socioeconomic, and educational background or any other differences that have led to misunderstanding, hostility and injustice." Learn more.
Broad Spectrum Recognizes Educators with 2016 LGBT+ Awareness Awards  
The Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA) has recognized three prominent AAVMC member institution educators as charter recipients of the group's annual LGBT+ Awareness Award. 2016 honorees include Dr. Deborah Kochevar, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts; Dr. Suzie Kovacs, professor of epidemiology at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California; and Dr. Kenita Rogers, associate dean of professional programs at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in College Station, Texas. Learn more.
National One Health Act of 2016 Introduced by Senator Franken
Senator Al Franken
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced legislation on Friday, March 4 that would establish a coordinated national plan to fight diseases that come from animal sources, including Zika and Ebola. The One Health Act of 2016 would charge the nation's agencies--from the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)--to work together on identifying specific goals and priorities to help understand, prevent, and respond to animal disease outbreaks. Learn more.
AAVMC Recruitment Efforts Augment Member Programs
Recruiting new generations of students and providing a quality admissions experience is a top priority for all AAVMC member institutions. The AAVMC works closely with admissions offices and student advisors to make sure undergraduates, high school and primary school students are exposed to opportunity. Ensuring that the pipeline supports AAVMC and member institution objectives to create a diverse and inclusive profession is a key part of that mission.  Learn more.
Recruiting Resources Available from Variety of Sources
Although AAVMC research shows the majority of prospective veterinary students initially express an interest in the profession prior to age 10, there is still a need to conduct outreach and recruiting programs.  Such programs help these young students sustain their interest in the profession, while also exposing students with delayed interests to career opportunities in veterinary medicine. There is a wealth of free or low cost resources available online to faculty and practitioners for use in their recruiting efforts. Learn more.
UC Davis SVM Makes Dual Appearances on Jeopardy
What's an eight letter word that suggests academic veterinary medicine is gaining mindshare in popular culture? J-E-O-P-A-R-D-Y! As in the popular game show! The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently collaborated with the popular program on two different episodes featuring categories on veterinary medicine. And while the catchy jingle and snappy pace make it all seem pretty smooth and easy, there's a lot more going on behind the scenes that meets the eye.  Learn more.

Career Fair Reaches Out to Prospective Veterinary Medical Students
About 500 prospective veterinarians and guests attended the AAVMC's 2016 Career Fair at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. in March. This year, students and parents thronged around 23 display tables staffed by veterinary medical college representatives, including admissions officers and deans, as well as additional tables staffed by representatives of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), and the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Learn more.

Analysis of Career Fair Registrants Yields Insights
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Students planning to attend the AAVMC Career Fair were invited to pre-register and complete a survey about their career interests. Data collected from career fair registrants continue to help the AAVMC and its member institutions prepare for the next generation of veterinarians. The data generated provides some interesting insights about who is stepping up to serve as the next generation of veterinarians. Learn more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News

Study Says Homeless Youth with Pets Less Likely to be Depressed, Use Hard Drugs

Herald News
CSU Gets Anonymous $20 Million Gift for Regenerative Medicine Facility
Denver Post
Pet Scans
The Scientist
'Camera Pill' to Examine Horses
Science Daily
Free Lead Testing Event for Dogs in Flint Water Crisis

M Live
Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Event to Cover One Health
Veterinary Practice News
Merck Animal Health, AVMF, Announce Scholarship Winners

Veterinary Practice News
Zoetis, OVC Partnership to Study Mental Health Issues Affecting Veterinarians

Veterinary Practice News
Confronting Suicide in the Veterinary Community
Veterinary Practice News
Odd Cat Helps Raise Funds to Expand Services at Purdue's Veterinary Hospital
Seymour Tribune
Zoetis Awards Scholarships to More Than 350 Veterinary Students at 2016 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference

Geneticists Going to the Dogs for Canine, and Human, Cancer Research
Monterey Herald
Texas Tech, Kansas State to Research Use of Medicine in Beef

Agri Marketing
Iowa Farm Bureau Releases Antibiotic Report
Animal AgWired
U of S Researchers Capture First Images and Video Inside a Horse's Abdomen

CBC News
Duke Doctors, NC State University Vets Team Up Against Cancer

Sioux City News

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