AAVMC’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education Funds Charter Micro-Grants

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ (AAVMC) Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) has funded its first two micro-grants, each of which is designed to foster inter-regional collaboration and quality programs in global academic veterinary medicine.

Established in 2016, CIVME includes eight members and their alternates from around the world. Regions represented include United States/Canada, United Kingdom/Ireland, Continental Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, China/South Asia/India and Middle East/North Africa.

CIVME’s mission is to advance high quality veterinary education internationally through the promotion of inter-regional cooperation and the development and dissemination of best practices in academic veterinary medicine. Specific goals include:

  • Communication and collaboration that advances international veterinary medical education 
  • Facilitate collaboration amongst educational researchers 
  • Dissemination of innovations and other educational advances that will magnify project impacts throughout regional organizations
In October 2016 CIVME announced an educational grant program for educators based on proposal topics that align with at least one of those goals. 

Following a rigorous selection process led by Dr. Harold Bok (CIVME representative for continental Europe) CIVME announced that the first two grants would be funded at $5,000 each during the recent 2017 Annual Meeting of the AAVMC in Washington, D.C.

  • Development of internationally relevant learning outcomes for undergraduate and postgraduate study in shelter medicine –Jenny Stavisky, University of Nottingham; Ruth Serlin, Royal Veterinary College; Ruth Van der Leij, Utrecht University; Brittany Watson, University of Pennsylvania; Rachel Dean, University of Nottingham.
  • Evaluating core (Day-1) knowledge, skills and experience required to practice aquatic veterinary medicine, and determining what educational opportunities exist in veterinary curricula in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific -  David Scarfe, Aquatic Veterinary Associates International, LLC, and World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association; Timothy Miller-Morgan, Oregon State University; Dušan Palic, Ludwig-Maximillians University (Germany); Howard Kai Hay Wong, City University of Hong Kong.
CIVME plans to fund additional grants during the next annual awards cycle.