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Washington, D.C., March 23, 2020 – During the annual Assembly Meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) March 6, the AAVMC introduced a new strategic framework and unveiled a new, rebranded visual presence that includes an emboldened logo and a new tagline: “Trusted Leader, Valued Partner, Advancing Health.”
AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe also announced the launch of “AAVMC Connect,” a password-protected, enterprise-wide system for organizational communication and networking. He said the organization will also expand offerings in leadership development and continue work on the Competency Based Veterinary Education initiative (CBVE).
In a special presentation, Dr. Erin Sorrell from the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security spoke about the COVID-19 outbreak and response. She also provided the perspective of an historical overview of related coronaviruses, such as SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012.
In the previous week, Congress had designated $8 billion in supplemental funds to fight the virus. “I encourage members with disease-fighting efforts related to that effort to apply for those funds,” encouraged outgoing AAVMC President Dr. Michael Lairmore, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.
There were several changes to the board of directors. Dr. Mark Markel, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, became AAVMC President and Dr. Paul Lunn, dean of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected President-Elect. Dr. Michael Lairmore transitioned into the role of Past-President.
Dr. Rustin Moore, dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, became At-Large Director Representing Region I (U.S.); Dr. Sean Callanan, dean of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine became At-Large Director Representing Region IV (Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean); and Dr. David W. Horohov, the Jes E. and Clementine M. Schlaikjer Endowed Chair in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky, began a second term as At-Large Director Representing Departments of Veterinary Science.
About the AAVMC
The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include 53 Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand; 23 provisional and collaborating members; and departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.
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Photo caption: (From left) Dr. Rustin Moore, dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Mark D. Stetter (Treasurer), dean of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Michael Lairmore (Past-President), dean of the UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Mark Markel (President), dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Ruby Perry (Secretary), dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Paul Lunn (President-Elect), dean of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of Atlantic Veterinary College; AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe; and Dr. Sean Callanan, dean of the Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. Not shown: Dr. Nigel Perkins, head of the School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland; Dr. David W. Horohov, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky; Dr. Roger Fingland, executive associate dean at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Carolyn Henry, dean, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Tiffany Whitcomb, Penn State University College of Medicine, Department of Comparative Medicine.