February 2019

National Cancer Institute Expert on Team Science to Address 2019 Conference

A National Cancer Institute (NCI) expert on the science behind effective teams will present the third keynote address during the  2019 Annual Conference. Dr. Kara L. Hall is director of the NCI’s Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team and Director of the Theories Initiative in the Health Behaviors Research Branch.

Considered one of the founders of the emerging field of team science, she’s helped organize and lead several national conferences in the area, including the National Academies’ seminal “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science” report. Her work is focused on initiatives that explore and elucidate the science behind effective transdisciplinary collaboration.
The 2019 AAVMC Annual Meeting and Iverson Bell Symposium will be held March 8-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Themed "The Science of Building Inclusive Teams," the conference will focus on strategies for building diverse and inclusive teams in the work and learning environments, which have been shown to promote more effective group decision-making and organizational development.

Registration is now open for the conference. For more information, contact Leslie Wilson at lwilson@aavmc.org.

2019 Annual Data Report Published on AAVMC Website

There are 13,323 DVM students studying at AAVMC member institutions this year, up by 2.3% over last year. Of those, 2,614 are URVM, up 1.1% over last year, and more than 81% are female. Students are paying an average of $31,979 for in-state and $52,613 for out-of-state tuition, and 47.7% of them are sharing $35,269,054 in scholarship support. About 80% will graduate with debt that averages $169,046.

In campus laboratories, researchers are investigating about $500 million in funded programs, with just more than $200 million of that coming from the National Institutes of Health.

Readers can examine that data and much, much more by examining the AAVMC’s 2018-19 Annual Data Report (ADR), which is now published on the website.

Constructed from the massive datasets harvested during the Comparative Data Report (CDR) project, the ADR presents the public with a comprehensive statistical portrait of the world of academic veterinary medicine as it exists within AAVMC member institutions.

Data is available on enrollment, diversity, applicants, tuition and debt, personnel, budget, and other areas at the click of a keystroke.

The report is produced on a dynamic, interactive software platform that enables users to explore and process data based upon the specific areas of academic veterinary medicine they wish to investigate.

The empirical data supports research studies, scholarly examinations, general inquiries and presents useful information for the media and the public.

The AAVMC's 30 U.S., five Canadian, and 14 international members are surveyed annually as part of the massive data gathering effort that supports the project.

For more information about the program, please contact Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill at 202-371-9195 (ext. 147) or lgreenhill@aavmc.org or Data Analyst/Project Manager Kendall Young at 202-371-9195 (ext. 180) or kyoung@aavmc.org.

Black History Month and Academic Veterinary Medicine

February is Black History Month, which presents a great opportunity to reflect upon the many contributions made in academic veterinary medicine by African Americans. One way to do that is to check out Episode 20 of the AAVMC’s Diversity & Inclusion on Air podcast. During this episode, AAVMC Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill is joined by three prominent leaders in academic veterinary medicine: Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Willie Reed, dean of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Paige Carmichael, Professor of Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Click here to learn more about their experiences, thoughts and perspectives

2018-2019 AAVMC Leadership Academy Preparing for Final Session in Washington

The newest cohort of future leaders in academic veterinary medicine will wrap up their year-long experience in the AAVMC’s Leadership Academy next month during the annual conference in Washington. Over the course of the year-long program, academy members have taken a deep-dive into the nature of leadership excellence through three different workshops located around the country. Established in 2012, the academy is made possible through the generous support of Elanco. In a blog-post shared on Linked-in, Elanco executive Tony Rumschlag recently shared an expression of gratitude from a former participant, as well as his thoughts on the program.

This year, the academy met in for three multi-day day sessions in Indianapolis, Indiana; College Station, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

September 4-7, 2018, Indianapolis
December 6-8, 2018, College Station

  • Strategic Thinking and Management
  • Self-Awareness and Implicit Bias
  • Managing Conflict
  • The Art and Practice of Feedback (includes simulation sessions)
  • Audience-Focused Communication

March 5-7, 2019, Washington, D.C.

  • Balancing the Demands of Leadership
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Effective Advocacy
  • On Leadership: Academic Administrators Panel
  • Advocacy Visits in Washington, DC

If you’re interested in learning more about the AAVMC Leadership Academy, please contact Program Manager Leslie Wilson at lwilson@aavmc.org.

Deans Leadership Conference Focuses on Risk Communication, Digital Future

Most of the deans leading the AAVMC’s 49 member institutions and several invited guests convened in Naples, Florida January 17-19 for the 2019 AAVMC Deans Leadership Conference.

Held since the 1980’s, the conference provides an opportunity for deans to consider and address the issues, opportunities and challenges shaping the future of academic veterinary medicine.

AAVMC President Dr. Calvin Johnson moderated the opening Industry Leadership Panel, which provides an opportunity for corporate executives and academic leaders to share perspectives and ideas.

That panel featured Zach Mills, Executive Director and Head of U.S. Pet Veterinary Professional Services at Boehringer Ingelheim; Jesper D. Nordengaard, General Manager and Vice-President, Hill’s Pet Nutrition; and Darryl Rawlings, Chief Executive Officer of Trupanion.

Registrants also heard from Germany-based TLGG Consulting CEO Christoph Bornschein on the “Impact of Digital Technology on the Veterinary Profession” and Dorval Strategies President Christopher Dorval on “Leadership Communication.”

Other conference topics focused on areas like accreditation, consulting policies, campus culture and sexual harassment, performance evaluations and other areas. The event was sponsored by Boehringer Engelheim, Royal Canin, and Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospitals.

The AAVMC Board of Directors held a meeting prior to the conference.

Students Learn about Public Health Practice during Veterinary Student Day at CDC

More than 300 veterinary students and faculty from across North America attended the 2019 Veterinary Student Day January 13-14 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The AAVMC is a major sponsor of the event, which seeks to build student and faculty awareness about career paths in public health, research and regulatory medicine.

This is the sixth time this event has been held at CDC since 2006. The theme of this year’s symposium was “The League of Extraordinary Veterinarians,” chosen to highlight the role of veterinarians as public health leaders in a variety of work settings including federal service.

The event included welcoming remarks by CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, AVMA President Dr. John de Jong, and Director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Dr. Rima Khabbaz.

Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, Deputy Director, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Dr. Cherie Drenzek, Georgia State Epidemiologist, and Dr. Lonnie King, Academy Professor and Dean Emeritus College of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University, spoke about the variety of experiences and opportunities available to veterinarians working in public health.

Presentations showcased the work of veterinarians across CDC including the Center for Global Health (CGH), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Presentations featured CDC staff and Epidemic Intelligence Officers (EISOs) investigating disease outbreaks including Anthrax, Brucellosis, Campylobacter, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Seoul virus, psittacosis, and Zika virus. Veterinary students also received information about the work of CDC veterinarians who provide medical care to laboratory animals through the CDC Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program.

CDC veterinarians played key roles as presenters, panelists and moderators. Veterinarians from state agriculture departments, state health departments, and USDA Food Safety Inspection Service served as panelists providing information about their work protecting the health of humans and animals. Dr. Megin Nichols, CDC Enteric Zoonoses Activity Lead, served as lead organizer of the event.

Several external colleagues and collaborators also attended Veterinary Student Day, including the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, American Veterinary Medical Association, National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Several of these organizations also set up informational booths and discussed opportunities for veterinary students to get involved with their work.

During a special session, veterinary school faculty heard about the many exciting opportunities for students interested in spending time at CDC through the CDC Epidemiology Elective Program, Epidemic Intelligence Service, and Laboratory Leadership Service. These opportunities allow students and early-career professionals to explore, experience, and pursue a career in public health. The faculty session also provided faculty an opportunity to discuss collaborating with CDC scientists with similar research interests.  

The students participated in an interactive mock outbreak investigation involving a fictitious scenario in which lettuce contaminated with E. coli infected a group of students. Students worked in groups to identify the food that caused the outbreak and worked to trace implicated ingredient all the way back to the farm of origin.

Students also learned about the importance of public communication during outbreak investigations by holding a mock press conference during which they answered questions about the investigation and potential concerns that the public might have. Students said that attending Veterinary Student Day was one of the most memorable events in their young careers, allowing them to interact with veterinary professionals conducting pivotal public health work in the United States and globally.

The AAVMC extends its gratitude to Dr. Megin Nichols, CDC Enteric Zoonoses Activity Lead, and colleagues, for sharing this content.

IPEC Faculty Development Institute in Washington, D.C. May 22-24, 2019

Registration is open for the 2019 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Faculty Development Institute in Washington, DC. Held at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center, the Spring 2019 IPEC Institute takes place May 22-24, 2019. The AAVMC is a member of the IPEC.

Returning to the popular theme of building a framework for interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP), the conference will be a unique gathering of health professions faculty, collaborative partners, expert presenters and staff facilitators. To view the agenda with confirmed speakers, click here.

The early bird registration fee is $1,595 for individuals. After March 15, the conference fee will increase by $100. The fee for the program includes registration, breakfasts, lunches, and three nights lodging at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel located at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

“We are excited to roll out a new institute feature this May,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., IPEC President and Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. “The Spring 2019 conference is the first to welcome single participants in addition to the customary teams of faculty and administrators. The agenda is perfect for collaborative teams developing or advancing their interprofessional education (IPE) programs and for individual faculty who may have been tapped to help begin or grow their institution’s IPE program. It is our goal to bring together as many educators and care providers as possible to conduct the work of bridging together IPE and collaborative patient-centered practice.”

Although not required, faculty registrants are strongly encouraged to bring their practice partners to the Institute in order to expand and refine skills in IPECP and to strengthen teamwork. Attendees will hear strategies, models, and key lessons to assist them with their projects focused on building an impactful, sustainable IPECP program.

For more information or to register, visit the Spring 2019 IPEC Institute website or contact IPEC Associate Director Shelley McKearney at smckearney@aacnnursing.org.

National Academies Forum Addresses Burnout in Health Professions

AAVMC Senior Director for Academic and Research Affairs Dr. Ted Mashima participated in a recent workshop sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine that looked at best approaches for improving the wellbeing of health professionals in education and practice.

The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education, sponsored by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, looked at how stress factors such as long work hours, on-call nights and weekends, work-home conflicts, insufficient staffing levels, mistake anxiety, financial pressure and lack of respect can contribute to high rates of health professional burnout.

The topic is timely and on point in veterinary medicine since studies have shown that veterinarians die from suicide at a rate higher than the national average.

Mashima was part of a panel that discussed how creative problem-solving within a systems approach can allow stakeholders to work together to address burnout and improve wellbeing among students, trainees, faculty, and health care professionals. The workshop also set the stage for discussion on how disparities can affect the mental health and well-being of patients, families, communities and care providers across the learning continuum.

Mashima and nine other forum participants developed a commentary titled, “Utilizing a System and Design Thinking Approach for Improving Well-Being Within Health Professional Education and Health Care.” The authors suggest that, “by continuously testing and adapting the interventions identified through design and systems thinking, a strategic approach to building the well-being of workers across all organizational levels can be developed while monitoring for any unintended consequences.”

Design thinking methods center on carefully listening to all stakeholders prior to brainstorming and developing creative solutions. Adopting a strategic approach, as outlined in the discussion, involves obtaining feedback and conducting a cost-benefit analysis of different interventions along with cost-saving measures to more efficiently distribute resources and address identified needs.

The paper stated that, “From students to trainees to health professionals to patients and communities, everyone stands to benefit from a functional health system and a supportive learning environment that emphasizes the well-being of all of its workers and learners while promoting positive engagement with patients, families, and communities.”

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UF to Launch Open Heart Program

Tufts Receives Donation to Support Holistic Healing Treatments
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LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine Gains Full Accreditation

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Gene Mutation in Dogs Linked to Rare Human Syndrome
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Service Dogs Help War Veterans with PTSD Symptoms
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US Claims Milestone in Equine Imaging

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Virginia Tech Names New No. 2 Ranking Administrator
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New Precision Medicine Fights Cancer for Pets and Humans

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UC Davis Study Applies Human Cancer Differentiation Analysis to Dogs
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Texas Tech Vet School Receives Biggest Contribution Yet

LSU Garners $11.5M Grant to Establish Louisiana Pulmonary Research Center

From Our Members

National Search for Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State

LMU-CVM Celebrates Full Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial

UC Davis Veterinarians Team with Physician to Remove Tumor in Horse
UC Davis

Helpful Bacterium Shown to Fortify Newborns’ Immune System in Animal Model
University of Florida

Mowat Earns NIH Career Grant for Innovative Eye Research
North Carolina State

Salmonella Typhoid Research

Texas A&M Professor, SeaWorld Perform First Spinal Tap On Bottlenose Dolphin
Texas A&M

Researchers Seek Clues to Better Treatment for Deadly Dog Disease

UF Veterinarians Collaborate to Save the Eye of a Rare Okapi Calf
University of Florida

People in Motion

Former VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Cyril Clarke was named Executive Vice President and Provost at Virginia Tech

Joanne Hewson
became Associate Dean, Students and Academics, at Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

Stephen Pruett
became the new Interim Dean of Research at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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