American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Academy of Veterinary Educators announce founding member cohort


Susan Leigh, Director for Marketing and Communications

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2023 — The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) in partnership with the Academy of Veterinary Educators (AVE) is pleased to announce its founding members to oversee the Academy Certified Expert Educator credential.

After completing a rigorous nomination and application process, thirty-two veterinary educators were identified as founding members with distinguished expertise. View the complete list of educators here.

These founding experts in veterinary education are not simply academic veterinarians, but also include five credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses, five non-veterinarians involved in veterinary education, and two outside of academia. Additionally, the expertise has a global reach with representation in five countries outside of the United States. All thirty-two will be honored in a ceremony at the AAVMC Veterinary Educator Symposium hosted by Texas Tech College of Veterinary Medicine at the end of this month.

The credentialing process will involve submission of a portfolio as well as an examination. These distinguished experts will serve to finalize and promote this credentialing process, develop a rigorous examination, and mentor future credentialed experts. Applications to become an Academy-Certified Educator are expected to open in 2024 with the first official class of credentialed experts being named in 2025.

“The AVE and AAVMC share an aligned mission to promote the advancement of academic veterinary medicine. We celebrate this group of founding members who will shape the process for esteemed educators to pursue this credential,” says Dr. Andrew Maccabe, CEO of AAVMC.

AVE started as an informal organization that desired to form a community of practice focused on veterinary education. Its mission is to promote, advance, and recognize excellence in veterinary medical education. On track to increase membership globally, it comprises over five hundred enthusiastic members, including students, veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, and veterinarians. In addition to the credential process, AVE will offer research grants and a scholarship program, currently under development, for educators seeking additional training opportunities. Learn more about the AVE here.