Vet-Med Educator – March 2020

March 2020

AAVMC’s Annual Conference “Catalyze 2020: Innovate and Inspire” Gets Underway This Week

Registrants attending the 2020 AAVMC Annual Conference will have plenty of opportunities to hear from leading experts, share perspectives and network during the conference this week.

But they’ll also notice a few structural changes and improvements designed to make the meeting more engaging. One of the most visible will be during the award presentations. Those recognition ceremonies will be spread over all three days of conference programming. And instead of speeches from recipients, they will feature professionally produced video profiles of the honorees.

Networking lunches have been arranged to provide more time for connecting with colleagues. And in keeping with the AAVMC’s decision to focus programming on diversity and inclusion every year instead of just biennially, the meeting will feature a number of strategic sessions in this area.

Advance registration is closed for the 2020 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., but walk-in registration will be available commencing on Thursday, March 5 at 7 a.m.

Themed “Catalyze 2020: Innovate and Inspire,” the conference is one of the leading professional development events in international academic veterinary medicine and is expected to attract about 350 thought-leaders from academic veterinary medical institutions around the world.

Located just steps from the U.S. Capitol building, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill offers easy access to some of the popular Washington D.C. locations.

CBVE Working Group, Leadership Academy Co-Directors to Receive Presidential Meritorious Service Awards

Several individuals who have made special contributions to the AAVMC will be honored with AAVMC Presidential Awards for Meritorious Service during the 2020 Annual Conference. The award is presented periodically by the AAVMC to recognize distinguished service and professional achievement.

Each member of the Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Working Group will receive the award in recognition of the historic work in academic veterinary medicine that has been accomplished by the group.

The CBVE Working Group has developed a CBVE framework that is serving as a model of instructional excellence in colleges and schools across the country and around the world.

Members of the CBVE Working Group include Dr. Harold Bok, Utrecht University; Dr. Kristin Chaney, Texas A&M University; Dr. Jared Danielson, Iowa State University; Dr. Jennie Hodgson, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Jan Ilkiw, University of California – Davis; Dr. Susan Matthew, Washington State University; Dr. Stephen May, Royal Veterinary College; Dr. Laura Molgaard, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Emma Read, University of Calgary; Dr. Bonnie Rush, Kansas State University; Dr. Kathy Salisbury, Purdue University; Dr. Jody Frost, consultant.

Also, the co-directors of the AAVMC Leadership Academy will each receive the award. Dr. Darcy Shaw, professor emeritus, Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; and Dr. Karen Cornell, a professor and Associate Dean for Professional Programs at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be honored.

The AAVMC’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Elanco, offers a unique growth opportunity for emerging leaders in academic veterinary medicine. Developing future leaders in academic veterinary medicine is a critical goal for the AAVMC. It’s been a central part of AAVMC programming for many years, and is firmly imbedded in the new strategic plan.

Virtual DVM Career Day Connects Veterinary Employers and Job Seekers

For job seekers, virtual career fairs are a great way to review job opportunities without the cost or inconvenience of travel. For employers, they’re a practical and efficient way to identify and reach out to top-quality candidates.

On Saturday, March 28, 1- 4 p.m. EST, the Veterinary Career Advisor Network (VetCAN) will present a DVM Virtual Career Fair for job-seeking students and alumni from AAVMC member institutions.

Employers and interested job seekers can connect via pre-scheduled virtual meetings ranging from informational conversations to interviews.

Job seekers (both current DVM students and DVM alumni) from all accredited veterinary colleges are encouraged to attend.

Employers are hiring for full-time DVM positions, relief shifts, internships, residencies, externships, summer opportunities and more.

Previous virtual fairs attracted over 500 job seekers and over 150 employers. The Veterinary Career Advisor Network (VetCAN) is an AAVMC-affiliated organization founded in 2014 as a resource and network for career and professional development professionals working with veterinary students and alumni in AAVMC member institutions.

The group includes representatives from several AAVMC member institutions and welcomes career professionals who are working with students, alumni and prospective employers in veterinary medicine.

Their goal is to provide career development advising assistance for students, build and maintain relationships with employers, and help facilitate meaningful relationships between alumni and students.

To register or obtain more information about the DVM Virtual Career Fair, click here.

2019-2020 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 this week during the annual conference in Washington, D.C.

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.

“The AAVMC thanks Elanco for their support of this important program, which makes it possible for some of veterinary medicine’s brightest talents to further develop their leadership skills and forge important relationships,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe.

This year, the academy met for three multi-day sessions in Indianapolis, Indiana; College Station, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Below are some of the areas they explored during the sessions:

September 4-6, 2019, Indianapolis, IN

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • When Teams Aren’t Functioning
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Media Training

December 5-7, 2019, College Station, TX

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

March 3-5, 2020, Washington, DC (immediately prior to the AAVMC Annual Conference)

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

This year marks an important transition for the Leadership Academy as we thank Dr. Karen Cornell and Dr. Darcy Shaw for their years of service as Leadership Academy Directors and welcome Dr. Rod Bagley as the new, incoming Leadership Academy Director.

Those interested in learning more about the AAVMC Leadership Academy are invited to contact the Leadership Committee staff liaison Dr. Caroline Cantner (

AAVMC Hosts Virtual Admission Fair and Webinars on Preparing for Veterinary Medical School

The AAVMC recently launched a new round of webinars and a Virtual Admissions Fair designed to provide high school students and college students with the information and tools they need to successfully apply to veterinary medical school.

The webinar series kicked off in February and the next webinar, “Advising the Veterinary Student,” will take place on March 25 at 1 p.m. EST.

The March 25 webinar is geared toward pre-vet and pre-med advisors to help them better understand the application process and provide them with tools to help students.

At a Virtual Admissions Fair on March 31, participants will be able to chat online with admissions representatives from AAVMC member institutions and VMCAS representatives, learn more about the application process and compare opportunities among schools and colleges.

The fair is being offered in collaboration with CareerEco, a new career “ecosystem” that leverages the power of technology and embraces innovation to serve applicants and career-seekers.

Upcoming webinars are designed to help undergraduate (pre-vet) students prepare for the Veterinary Medical School Application Service (VMCAS) application and learn more about what they should be doing during their early undergraduate careers leading up to professional school.

A later webinar will focus on the nuts and bolts of how to navigate the VMCAS application.

AAVMC Director of Admissions & Recruitment Affairs Diana Dabdub is organizing and hosting the webinars to educate pre-veterinary students early on about how to prepare for the rest of their undergraduate years.

The popular webinar series launched four years ago. Learn more and register here.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2020 PCVE Conference October 1st-4th at Oklahoma State University

The AAVMC’s 2020 Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) Symposium will be held October 1-4 at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Designed for primary clinical veterinary educators as an opportunity to network, generate ideas and develop new skills, the meeting is planned for veterinary clinical educators teaching in the area of small-animal primary care at all AAVMC member veterinary colleges.
This year’s meeting will include:

  • Presentations on activities underway in primary care veterinary education at a number of colleges
  • A “Swap Shop” of best practices – providing dedicated time for participants to share clinical tips, ideas and teaching tools relating to the teaching of primary veterinary care
  • Ample time for networking, and much more

Additional program details will be available in the near future and shared in upcoming editions of the Vet-Med Educator.

HABRI and Mars Petcare Release Major Report on Impact of Pets on Social Isolation and Loneliness

Mars Petcare and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), with support from a broad consortium of partners including the AAVMC, have released a milestone report on how pets and the human/animal bond can address loneliness and social isolation. The report provides a roadmap for advancing research and best practices.

“There is increasing evidence that pets can play an important role in helping people feel less lonely and more socially connected,” said Steven Feldman, Executive Director, HABRI. “Together with the leadership of Mars Petcare and a group of other experts and stakeholders, HABRI will work to address the crisis of loneliness in our society with the power of the human-animal bond.”

Loneliness currently affects three in five Americans and 9 million people in the United Kingdom, where the government created a Minister of Loneliness in 2018. Loneliness has recently been recognized as a serious public health threat, with some evidence suggesting it can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

The new report, Addressing the Social Isolation and Loneliness Epidemic with the Power of Companion Animals, brings forward the recommendations from the Summit on Social Isolation and Companion Animals, along with the continued work of a broad consortium of human health advocates, mental health practitioners, veterinarians and human-animal interaction researchers.

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