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Monday, 10 February, 2014

AAVMC Planning for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Washington, D.C., February 10, 2014 – 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.

While the committee is still in the process of developing specific program plans, a number of ideas are being considered. Those include major special events during the 2015 and 2016 annual meetings, a special edition of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, an anniversary book, a video profile, and other anniversary communications. Special efforts will be taken to broadly engage students, faculty, and allied organizations in the profession with the celebration.

The committee is considering the theme “The AAVMC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for the celebration year.

“Our goal with this celebration is not so much to look back and celebrate past accomplishments, although that’s a natural part of any anniversary festivities,” said Committee Chair Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “What we hope to do with this celebration is build greater public awareness and support for academic veterinary medicine, thereby creating a better future for our students, our colleges, and for the profession.”

Once the anniversary committee has developed specific program ideas, the Board of Directors will consider their recommendations and determine funding options. There will likely be opportunities for major corporations and organizations working in veterinary medicine to partner with the AAVMC during the celebration.

In addition to Dr. Richardson, committee members include Dr. Daryl Buss, former dean, University of Wisconsin, and JVME editor; Dr. Page Carmichael, associate dean for academic affairs, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Lester Crawford, former AAVMC executive director; Mr. Jeff Douglas, staff liaison and AAVMC senior communications consultant; Dr. Howard Erickson, emeritus professor of physiology and history of veterinary medicine, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Larry Heider, former dean, University of Prince Edward Island College of Veterinary Medicine and former AAVMC executive director; Dr. Glen Hoffsis, former dean, The Ohio State University and the University of Florida Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and incoming dean of the Lincoln Memorial College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. William “Billy” Hooper, former AAVMC executive director; and Dr. Debbie Kochevar, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

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 by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine:

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Jeffrey Douglas or Jeanne Johnson
AAVMC Communications
Phone:  202/371-9195, x144

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