American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Receives $1.3M Grant from The Stanton Foundation for the Development of Spectrum of Care Initiative

Susan Leigh
Phone: 202/371-9195, x171

WASHINGTON, D.C, June 14, 2022 — The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce a $1.3 million grant awarded by the Stanton Foundation to support the AAVMC Spectrum of Care (SOC) initiative. 

The Spectrum of Care initiative aims to address the growing challenge of affordability of veterinary care by providing a continuum of care options that are rooted in evidence-based medicine and responsive to client circumstances. The purpose of the AAVMC SOC initiative is to provide the infrastructure and support for a unified and collaborative approach across veterinary colleges that brings SOC pedagogy to veterinary education.

The Stanton Foundation has supported the AAVMC SOC since the initiative’s inception in 2021. This new grant will support work over the next two years to develop an educational model including the competency outcomes, assessment strategies and learning experiences that will prepare graduates to practice with competence and confidence across the spectrum of care.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support from the Stanton Foundation and believe that this gift will have a profound impact on veterinary education. This funding will be instrumental in helping us develop curriculum and establish different educational models,” says Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, CEO of AAVMC.

“This funding will help us establish an evidence-based pedagogical approach to better prepare graduates for practice, meet the needs of a diverse clientele, and provide high-quality care to more patients. We believe the result of this work will be transformational to the profession and help address the growing challenge of affordability of veterinary care,” says Dr. Julie Noyes, Executive Director of the AAVMC Spectrum of Care initiative.

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 Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

About The Stanton Foundation
The Stanton Foundation was created by Dr. Frank Stanton, a pioneer in electronic communications as well as a lifelong dog owner and admirer. Dr. Stanton was the president of CBS for 25 years and became regarded as one of the greatest executives in the history of electronic communications. The Stanton Foundation’s mission includes canine health and welfare, nuclear security, and the protection of First Amendment rights. Spectrum of Care is a focus of the foundation’s canine health mission and includes support for clinical and educational programs dedicated to a veterinarian’s ability to profitably offer cost-effective options for canine veterinary care.