AAVMC and Member Institutions Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak

Examples of Action Underway at Member Institutions to Address the Pandemic Crisis

Last Updated April 5, 2020

UW–Madison, FluGen, Bharat Biotech to Develop CoroFlu, a Coronavirus Vaccine

UC Davis Researchers Race to Develop Coronavirus Solutions

WSU Laboratory Begins Limited Testing for COVID‑19 Virus

PREDICT Receives $2.26M Extension for COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response. Early Laboratory Detection of SARS CoV-2, Tracking Animal Source Among Priorities

Midwestern University Announces Tuition Freeze

News Stories Pertaining to COVID-19 and our Member Institutions

Last Updated March 27, 2020

Ventilators Shipped from Veterinarians to Hospitals to Combat COVID-19 Shortage
ABC News

Veterinarians Donate Vital Supplies to Coronavirus Fight
AP/Houston Chronicle

Partnering through a Pandemic: Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Launches Innovative Telehealth Service Amid COVID-19
The Plaid Horse Magazine

Interprofessional Education Collaborative General Information Resources

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March 27, 2020

The AAVMC is a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, a 21-member group of associations of schools in the health professions. IPEC has put together a web page which contains an array of resources and information regarding the COVID-19 emergency, including links to various pages maintained by the CDC, the WHO and the NIH. Click here to explore.

March 26, 2020

AAVMC Cancels 2020 Veterinary Educator Collaborative Scheduled for June at Kansas State

The AAVMC has cancelled the 2020 AAVMC Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium originally scheduled for June 21-23 at Kansas State University as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. “We recognize the tremendous amount of work that our colleagues at Kansas State University have already put into the planning and hosting of the symposium and we are very grateful for everything they have done,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “But we have made this decision to protect the health and safety of our members. In the event KSU desires to host the event in a future summer, we would welcome that opportunity.” The AAVMC will notify registrants and process refunds.

AAVMC Extends Nomination Deadlines for 2020 Advancement Awards

The AAVMC has extended the nomination deadline for the 2020 series of advancement awards from March 31 to April 30, 2020. The action has been taken in recognition of the fact that many advancement officers and other personnel at AAVMC member institutions have been overwhelmed with efforts to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic emergency at their institutions. The AAVMC wishes to thank bedrock AVAP member Kevin Doerr at Purdue University for making this request on behalf of the group.

March 20, 2020

AAVMC Operations:

The AAVMC continues to operate its full set of programs and services. We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation. Policies are being continuously updated as conditions change.

  • In compliance with government recommendations, AAVMC personnel are operating from home with full access to necessary tools and resources.
  • AAVMC officials are working closely with the AVMA and government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control to help coordinate a profession-wide response to the crisis.
  • The VMCAS application cycle has not been interrupted by the pandemic and is proceeding according to established time lines. See further information here.
  • AAVMC and AVMA leadership have been working closely with the Council on Education (COE) to ensure that threat mitigation efforts to not affect the integrity of instructional programs.

Member Institutions:

AAVMC’s recently established Connect program is enabling member institution heads to share emergency management information and coordinate as they address the challenges associated with the rapidly developing pandemic.

  • The number one priority of our schools is to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.
  • Many universities have cancelled in-person classes and closed dormitories and dining facilities to slow the person-to-person spread of the virus.
  • Non-essential personnel are being encouraged to work from home and nearly all domestic and international travel has been cancelled.

The second priority of our schools is to fulfill their missions of teaching, research and service. Veterinary schools and colleges worldwide are employing different approaches to managing the situation based on university policy; local, state and federal guidance; and variations in the spread of COVID-19.

  •  Most schools have already shifted to remote learning platforms to allow students to complete their classes online.
  • Many clinical rotations are being cancelled and veterinary teaching hospitals are curtailing operations to enable social distancing.
  • Schools are working with students who are in clinical rotations and externships on an individual basis to re-assign them or make alternative arrangements as needed.