Vet-Med Educator – January 2015

January 2015
AAVMC Announces Academic Veterinary Medicine Awards
The AAVMC has announced the recipients of five awards that recognize excellence in academic veterinary medicine. They are:AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis: Dr. Jon Patterson, Michigan State University College of Veterinary MedicineAAVMC Excellence in Research Award, presented by Zoetis: Dr. Susan VandeWoude, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological SciencesIverson Bell Award: Dr. K. Paige Carmichael, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary MedicineSenator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award: Dr. L. Garry Adams, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical SciencesRecognition Lecture Award: Dr. Lance Perryman, dean emeritus of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences  Learn more.
AAVMC and AVMA Convene Joint Committee Meeting
Top leaders from the AAVMC and AVMA convened in Washington, D.C., on December 12 for a Joint Committee meeting that included updates on the AAVMC Comparative Data Report, the AVMA Economic Summit, the APLU/AAVMC Joint Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, and other issues. Learn more.
USDE Hearing Held on Council on Education Recertification
Deans representing AAVMC member institutions and others presented testimony in support of the current structure and operations of the Council on Education (COE) during a December 11, 2014 hearing organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The hearings were scheduled as an extension of normal Department of Education recertification processes for accrediting organizations in higher education. The AAVMC supports the continued recognition of the COE as the official accrediting agency in academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.
Nominations Open for 2015 AAVMC Communications Award
Nominations for the 2015 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award are being accepted through March 1, 2015. The Communications Excellence Award was established by the AAVMC Board of Directors in 2013 to recognize the important role communications plays in advancing academic veterinary medicine and the profession, inspire higher levels of performance and foster collaboration among member institutions. Learn more.
Tuskegee Joins Veterinary Medical College Application Service

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health has joined the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Aspiring veterinary medical students use VMCAS to apply to most veterinary medical schools that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. With the addition of Tuskegee, the number of schools using VMCAS now totals 29 of 30 U.S. schools, two schools in Canada, two in Scotland, and one school each in England, Ireland, Australia, Grenada, St. Kitts, and New Zealand. Learn more.
Former AAVMC Deputy Director Named MSU Associate Dean

Dr. Michael ChaddockFormer AAVMC Deputy Director Dr. Michael Chaddock has been named associate dean of administration at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Chaddock is currently assistant dean for One Health & Strategic Initiatives at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, where he has served since 2012. He will assume his new role at MSU on February 1. At MSU, he will lead the college’s strategic planning process, assist in budget and planning, and support leadership development for the college, as well as be involved with the college’s One Health initiative and diversity programs. Learn more.
AVMA Releases Series of Economic Reports
Over the past couple of years, the American Veterinary Medical Association has focused considerable resources on the analysis of economic forces shaping the contemporary profession of veterinary medicine. A series of six reports developed by the AVMA Economics Division will be made available during 2015. Learn more.
Third Veterinarian Elected to Congress
Dr. Ralph Abraham, a veterinarian who subsequently attended medical school and now serves as a physician, has been elected to the United States Congress. Dr. Abraham, who represents the 5th District of Louisiana as a Republican, grew up on a Louisiana farm and has devoted his life to family, medicine, and service to others through a variety of humanitarian endeavors. AAVMC Government Relations Director Kevin Cain said the AAVMC and the AVMA plan on inviting Abraham to join the Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Learn more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News

High-Priority Veterinary Programs Receive Millions More in Funding as Fiscal 2015 Budget Allocates $147.6 billion to USDA
3D Printing Could Soon Save Knees from Arthritis
FuturityCan Pets Help Boost Social Skills for Kids With Autism?
The Business-Minded Veterinarian
High Plains Journal
CSU Receives $42.5 Million Gift for Regenerative Medicine
The Horse
Professional School Students Offer Look at the New World of Extreme Student Debt
The Oregonian
Vexing Issues for Vets
Inside Higher Ed
Balancing Financial Realities with Value of Profession
Veterinary Practice News
Virginia Tech Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine Moves to Blacksburg
Augusta Free Press
New Model Evaluates Impact of Regional FMD Outbreak
FeedstuffsUSDE Staff Heeds 800-Plus Complaints Against AVMA COE
Texas A&M Creates Eli’s Fund
Veterinary Practice News
Deathstalker Scorpion Breathes Life into Washington State Canine Clinical Trial
Veterinary Practice News