Vet-Med Educator – Sept. 2014

Oct. 7 Deadline for AAVMC Public Policy Faculty Fellows Program

Faculty members at AAVMC member institutions can learn about and help shape how federal government policies affect academic veterinary medicine as part of the AAVMC’s new Public Policy Fellows Program. The program brings faculty members to Washington D.C. to develop leadership skills in the advocacy arena, explore the impact of public policy decisions on the profession, and gain knowledge and experience with the legislative and regulatory process at the federal level. The nomination period for the new AAVMC Public Policy Faculty Fellows Program runs from August 21, 2014 through Monday, October 7, 2014. Learn more.
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Nomination Cycle Opens for AAVMC Awards
Nominations for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ 2015 series of professional achievement and distinguished service awards will be accepted from September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Each year, the AAVMC presents five major awards designed to inspire and recognize professional excellence in various sectors of academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.
Enrollment Growth and Impact on Diversity
Recent discussions within the veterinary medical profession have focused on changes in student enrollment at colleges of veterinary medicine; indeed, there has been consistent growth in the number of veterinary medical school graduates in recent years. The number of veterinary medical school graduates has grown by nearly 35 percent over the last ten years, from 2004-2014. The recent addition of data from our international member institutions suggests that, in 2017, there will be 4,460 graduates who are American citizens from veterinary medical colleges in the US and abroad. Learn more about enrollment growth and diversity.
AAVMC Presents Outcomes Assessment Workshop in Denver
The AAVMC’s Academic Affairs Committee organized and presented a workshop focused on the “Assessment of Clinical Competency” during the Annual AVMA convention in Denver. Associate deans, college outcomes assessment officers, deans, representatives from the Council on Education, and other interested parties attended. The purpose was to begin the discussion for a shared understanding of current practices, challenges, and successes in the assessment of clinical competency. Learn more.
Tennessee Dean Jim Thompson Joins Board of Directors

Dr. Jim Thompson
Dr. Jim Thompson, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to serve on the AAVMC  Board of Directors. Thompson has served as dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008. Prior to his appointment as dean of the UT-CVM, he served as executive associate dean and professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. Thompson also held a joint appointment in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Learn more.
New Leadership Academy Cohort Hits the Ground Running
A new 2014-2015 Leadership Academy cohort met this summer at Michigan State University. AAVMC launched the Leadership Academy in 2012 to provide leadership development for emerging leaders in academia and to provide a forum for building lasting ties between faculty members at veterinary medical schools and departments around the world. All of the Leadership Academy sessions are designed to nurture skills that will benefit emerging leaders as they navigate the challenges of academic veterinary medicine now and in the future. Learn more.
Former JVME Editor Henry Baker Honored

Dr. Henry BakerThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognized Dr. Henry Baker, Professor Emeritus of Pathobiology at Auburn University, with the 2014 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award at the Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium in August. Established in November 2005, the award recognizes a veterinary medical researcher on the basis of lifetime achievement in basic, applied, or clinical research, with consideration given to the total impact their career has had on the veterinary or biomedical professions. Dr. Baker is the former editor-in-chief of the AAVMC’s Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME)Learn more.
Greenhill’s Work Recognized by LGVMA
The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) honored Dr. Lisa Greenhill, the AAVMC’s associate executive director for Institutional Research and Diversity, with an LGVMA Achievement Award during their 2014 meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the AVMA in Denver. Greenhill provides staff support for the the AAVMC’s Diversity Committee and leadership for a variety of programs and initiatives that seek to advance diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine. Learn more.
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
 ME-WOW! Columbia Kitty Makes Medical History as Scientists Decode Cat Genome  The Columbia Heart Beat 
Researchers Find Animal Model for Understudied Type of Muscular Dystrophy MedicalXpress 
Tuition Hikes Flatten as High Cost of Veterinary School Gains Attention  VIN 
K-State Offers New Course on Regulation of Animal Drugs, Vaccines  Veterinary Practice News 
UA Veterinary Program Aims to Start Up in 2015 Arizona Daily Star 
Newest U.S. Vet School Welcomes Inaugural Class  Bovine Veterinarian 
OSU Vet Faculty Member Receives Grant to Help Fight Cancer  Veterinary Practice News 
Virginia-Maryland Opens Around-the-Clock Skills Lab Veterinary Practice News 
CSU Studies Effects of Climate Change in Polar Bears  Veterinary Practice News 
Purdue to Develop Standards for Dog Breeders  Veterinary Practice News 
UC-Davis Veterinarians Use Near-infrared Technique in Complex Surgery   dvm360 
Neutering Effects more Severe for Golden Retrievers than Labs  dvm360  
Too Many Veterinarians? AVMA Panel Tackles Hot Topic  dvm360 
AAVMC Welcomes New President, French Veterinary School  Veterinary Practice News 
Lack of Hispanics in Veterinary Programs  New York Times  
Virginia Tech Study Finds Common Household Chemicals Affect Reproduction In Mice  Red Orbit 
LMU’s New College of Veterinary Medicine Opens  WYMT-TV 
Researchers Define Botulism Survival Rates in Adult Horses  The Horse 
Vet into Motion: UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital Set for March Opening  Online Athens