Achieving Educational Excellence

Academic Affairs Committee

The responsibility of preparing new generations of veterinarians to care for people and animals in a rapidly changing world demands educational excellence. The AAVMC’s member institutions develop curricula that respond to changing environments and prepare students for professional success in a rapidly evolving medical discipline.

Leadership Development (Groups and Initiatives)

The AAVMC develops leaders in academic veterinary medicine and throughout the profession. The AAVMC is preparing faculty members to play leadership roles in their colleges and universities and the veterinary profession through the Leadership Academy, the Public Policy Faculty Fellows program and other initiatives. Learn more.

Through groups such as the AAVMC Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE), a sub-committee of the Academic Affairs Committee, the AAVMC works to ensure that veterinary students receive instruction in areas that correspond to the changing needs of modern practice environments. It leads in helping the profession provide its graduates with training in life skills such as interpersonal communication, collaboration, teamwork, and business management. It seeks to provide forums where new ideas and best practices regarding skills, knowledge and aptitudes can be developed, refined and exchanged.

The Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC) is a working group under the associate deans of the AAVMC's Academic Affairs Committee that provides online and face-to-face collaboration and sharing between veterinary medical educators. Participants exchange ideas, learn from each other, and generate new ideas in the context of an ongoing collaborative exchange. The collaborative organizes an annual symposium and serves as a mechanism to address challenges in veterinary education and is open to all veterinary educators and the educationalists who support them.

The AAVMC's leadership role extends even further by providing leadership to help member institutions embrace changing technologies like e-learning, working to encourage association-wide consortia that can combine resources and leverage individual strengths for the advancement of all.

Recognizing Excellence

To inspire and recognize professional excellence in academic veterinary medicine, the AAVMC grants awards to veterinary medical educators who demonstrate outstanding performance in the areas teaching, research, advocacy and diversity. Learn more about the awards program.

Strategizing for the Future

The AAVMC brings thought leaders together to brainstorm, strategize and report on the future of academic veterinary medicine, periodically producing seminal reports such as the Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative Flexible, a project of the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC). Spearheaded by the AAVMC, NAVMEC represented the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken to ensure that veterinary medical education meets society's changing needs. The consortium looked at how educational models, accreditation, and licensing can all work together to create next-generation veterinarians. View other AAVMC-developed publications

Publishing Scholarship and Research

The Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
(JVME) is the peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). As an internationally distributed journal, JVME provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, research, and discoveries about veterinary medical education.