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. The AAVMC develops leaders in academic veterinary medicine and throughout the profession.
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 AAVMC also provides leadership in helping 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.
Recruiting High-Quality Future Professionals
Admissions and Recruitment Committee
The rigors and responsibilities of modern veterinary medicine require the best and the brightest students.
The AAVMC conducts short and long-range examinations of the profession’s applicant pool, ensuring the availability of a stream of highly qualified applicants.
The applicant pool for those aspiring to become veterinarians remains strong, in spite of highly publicized veterinary economic issues regarding salaries, workforce opportunities, tuition costs, and student debt.
The AAVMC works closely with admissions personnel at member institutions and sponsors conferences, meetings and related symposia to support admissions and recruitment. The AAVMC is developing a national recruitment strategy to help identify, inspire and recruit those students best suited for careers in veterinary medicine.
The AAVMC’s Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is continually upgraded to provide prospective students and member institutions with highly efficient student recruitment and applicant processing services.
Enhancing Diversity in the Veterinary Profession
Developing a professional veterinary medical workforce that is more reflective of the diverse tapestry of ethnic, racial, and underrepresented and disadvantaged groups that characterize modern society has been a core goal of the AAVMC for more than 30 years.
The AAVMC has been a pioneering leader in promoting diversity for the entire veterinary medical profession. Substantial progress has been achieved through innovative programs such as DiVersity Matters.
However, much more work needs to be done in order to ensure the viability of diverse, inclusive environments on the campuses of our member institutions and throughout the profession.
The AAVMC works to actively achieve success in this area by supporting programs that encourage the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, staff, and faculty on our campuses. The AAVMC also seeks to educate all stakeholders about the enduring value of inclusive environments.
Promoting a One Health Approach to Global Wellbeing
One Health Committee
For most of the 20th century, society viewed veterinary medicine primarily as an animal health medical discipline. In recent years, highly publicized public health threats like pandemic influenza have helped many realize the fundamental linkages between veterinary medicine and human health.
Veterinary medicine plays a critical role in promoting the bounty, safety and security of the food supply, helps protect the public from zoonotic infectious diseases, and contributes to important biomedical research.
Today, many leaders in science and medicine have adopted a One Health approach to global wellbeing. One Health recognizes the complex interrelationships that exist between people, animals and the environment as they interact in an era of globalization. One Health encourages a holistic,ecosystem-based approach to human, animal and environmental health.
The AAVMC works to engage member institution students and faculty on One Health initiatives underway in federal and international agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and others.
Fostering the Power of Discovery
The discovery of knowledge is a process that functions at the heart of civilization itself. In 2012-2013, almost $500 million was spent on research-related activities at American colleges of veterinary medicine, with basic and applied inquiries spanning every dimension of the biomedical sciences.
Advancements made through research improve the quality of life for people and animals, and play an important role in economic development and sustainability. Research also informs the educational process on university campuses, helping faculty members produce and transmit the newest information mto students.
The AAVMC works to support the growth of the research enterprise at member institutions by partnering with the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU), the American Veterinary Medical Association and other organizations. It also works closely with the National Institutes of Health, The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academies, Congress and executive agencies to foster the development of resources to advance research at its member institutions.