AAVMC by the Numbers

Membership and Governance

Membership by Type

U.S. Schools: 30

Canadian Schools: 5

International: 14

Affiliate Members

Colleges of Veterinary Medicine: 9

Departments of Veterinary Science: 7

Department of Comparative Medicine: 7

Other: 1

Total Members: 73

Veterinary Medical College Application Service

VMCAS 2018 Summary

Schools Using VMCAS: 39

Total DVM Programs: 42

Number of Applicants: 7,507

Number of Applications: 36,596

Average # of Schools Applied to: 4.9

VMCAS 2019 Important Dates

VMCAS Launch: May 11, 2018
VMCAS Deadline: September 17, 2018: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Offer Acceptances Deadline: April 15, 2019



Regular Annual Meetings: 3

  • Deans Conference (January)
  • Annual Conference (March)
  • Summer Meeting (July - August)
Typical Attendance at Largest: 300

Journal of Veterinary Medical Education

Frequency of Publication: Quarterly

Circulation: 2,400 Print Copies

Website: www.jvmeonline.org

Print and online access is free to AAVMC member institutions.


Founded in Illinois: 1966

VMCAS Launched: 1995

Incorporated in D.C.: 1997

AAVMC Programs and Services

  • Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
  • Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
  • Fix-the-Debt Debt Initiative 
  • Leadership Academy
  • Conferences
    • Annual Conference
    • Summer Meeting
    • Deans Conference
    • Veterinary Educator Collaborative
    • Primary Care Veterinary Educators
  • Awards
    • Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award
    • Excellence in Research Award
    • Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award
    • Iverson Bell Award
    • President's Award for Distinguished Service
    • AAVMC Communications Excellence Award
  • Advocacy
    • Advocacy Summit and Congressional Reception
    • Student Advocacy Externship
    • Meetings with Congressional and Executive Branch Leaders
    • Representation with an array of issue coalitions
  • Diversity
    • Patricia Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship
    • Institutional Research (e.g. Climate Survey)
  • Communications
    • News Releases
    • Electronic Newsletters
    • Annual Report
    • Website
  • Data
    • Comparative Data Report
    • Advocacy Survey
    • VMCAS Applicant Data
    • Fulfillment of Data Requests
  • Student Recruitment 
  • VMSAR (Admissions Publication)

Regular AAVMC Meetings

Annual Conference

Total Attendees: 250-300

Institutions Represented: U.S., Canadian, and international schools and departments. Deans, associate deans, and other faculty attend, as well as individuals from other stakeholder groups outside of schools (e.g. corporations, AVMA, etc.).

Program: Held in Washington, D.C. Three days of programming on topics in education, diversity, leadership, administration, and other issues facing veterinary medical education. Also includes award presentations, a large evening reception (all stakeholders in DC area invited), and a veterinary medical career fair for children and teens up to high school age.

Annual Assembly - Annual business meeting for member institutions


Summer Meeting

Total Attendees: 35 - 60

Institutions Represented: U.S., Canadian, and international schools and departments. Usually attended by deans (or other main institutional representative) only.

Program: Held at the AVMA Convention. Consists of general informational meeting for member representatives.

Deans Conference

Total Attendees: 30 - 45

Institutions Represented: U.S., Canadian, and international schools (accredited only). Limited to deans only.

Program: Consists of presentations and discussions on topical issues in academic veterinary medicine.

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