Washington, D.C., June 27, 2013 – On June 24, in the legal case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas, et al, the United States Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court for further litigation based upon previously established law. Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe issued the following statement on the ruling:
“The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges affirms the value of diversity within the veterinary medical profession and we are pleased that the court did not negate the importance of considering diversity as part of the admissions decision-making process. Our membership is committed to advocating for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented persons as students and faculty and ultimately fostering their success in veterinary medicine.”
The AAVMC spearheaded the development of a 2011 report, “Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible,” that emphasized the need for groups involved in veterinary medical education, accreditation, and testing/licensure to work together to equip graduates with the core knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet society’s evolving needs, including skills related to cultural competency and diversity.
“We believe that diversity and cultural competency are integral to the successful practice of veterinary medicine and this includes making an effort to recruit underrepresented students who reflect the racial and cultural diversity found in society,” said Maccabe. “The AAVMC will continue to work with individual schools to foster inclusive admissions practices that holistically evaluate applicants and take each school’s individual goals and mission into consideration when evaluating applicants.”
The 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 34 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, eleven international colleges of veterinary medicine, and two affiliate international colleges of veterinary medicine.
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