July 2014

Faculty Data Focus: Rise in Number of Faculty Tracks Student Increase

The total number of full-time faculty employed by U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine stood at just under 3,900 during the 2013-2014 academic year. Faculty ranks have increased by nine percent over the last five years, which tracks closely with the rate of growth in DVM student enrollment during the same period. Much of the five-year growth in faculty is spread across the non-tenured clinical and research faculty ranks.

The number of women faculty increased by nearly 21 percent, with much of the growth focused among non-tenured clinical faculty and administrative positions. Overall, the percentage of women faculty increased roughly four percent.

Unfortunately, efforts to increase racial and ethnic diversity among faculty have not resulted in similar increases. During the last five years, the number of faculty from racially or ethnically underrepresented backgrounds increased by nine-and-a-half percent; however, that number is muted by increases in the number of college faculty overall. The result is presence percentages remarkably similar to those reported five years ago. Faculty administrators from underrepresented backgrounds saw the most notable increase of just below two percent.

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Baker Becomes Dean at Michigan State CVM

Dr. John Baker is the new dean at Michigan State University's (MSU's) College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Baker, who has been a professor in MSU's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences for the past 30 years, served as the university's associate director of AgBioResearch. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, with primary research interests in viral respiratory diseases of livestock species. He succeeds Dr. Christopher Brown, who has served as dean since 2006.

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AAVMC’s VEC Sharpens Skills, Celebrates Teaching

The lead organizers for the past AAVMC VEC Symposia (left to right): Dr. Lizette Hardie (2009, North Carolina State University), Dr. Jared Danielson (2014, Iowa State University), Dr. India Lane (2010, University of Tennessee), and Dr. Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher (2012, Colorado State University).
About 180 veterinary medical faculty members and related stakeholders attended the AAVMC’s Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC) Symposium June 13-14 at Iowa State University. The event, designed to foster teaching excellence in academic veterinary medicine, provides an opportunity to get ideas for improved teaching and learn about how to deal with practical challenges, such as conducting communications assessment on a budget or running effective medical rounds. Expert instructors and educational specialists make presentations on what works and why.

Three tracks – Inter-program Collaboration, Teaching and Learning, and Innovation in Teaching – featured almost 35 individual presentations centered on topics such as new applications of teaching practices and technology, teaching basic sciences in a clinical context, and how to align clinical teaching and the client experience to create practice-ready veterinarians.

“The VEC is focused on creating teaching excellence,” said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. “When you consider the enormous popularity of this program among veterinary educators, I think it makes a very positive statement about the future.”

Participants heard keynote speaker Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, speak about the measurement of expert performance and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms and making physiological adaptations through extended deliberate practice.

In addition to publishing articles in prestigious journals, such as Science and  Psychological Review, Ericsson’s ideas on how to achieve expertise have been recently featured in books such as Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” and Geoffrey Colvin’s “Talent is Overrated.”

Participants also toured the new Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital as part of the conference, and became eligible to receive 36 hours of continuing education credits, as approved by the AAVSB RACE program.

“The VEC symposium provides a wonderful opportunity for veterinary medical educators from around the world to share best teaching and assessment practices, innovative educational initiatives, and fascinating research," said Dr. Jared Danielson, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, who organized the symposium. "I always come away from VEC meetings better informed, motivated, and encouraged about the future of veterinary medical education."

The AAVMC’s VEC provides online and face-to-face collaboration and sharing between veterinary medical educators. VEC focuses on planning, faculty development, and sharing best practices. Participants exchange ideas, learn from each other, and generate new ideas in the context of an ongoing collaborative exchange.

American Veterinary Medical History Society to Focus on Veterinary Education

The American Veterinary Medical History Society will hold its 37th annual meeting and program on Monday, July 28, 2004 from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in Capital Ballroom 7 of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The meeting, on the theme of “History of Veterinary Medical Education in the United States,” is being held in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA's) Convention.

Presentations include:
  • 8:40 – 9:30 a.m.; Overview of the History of Veterinary Medical Education in the United States; Dr. Donald F. Smith, Cornell University
  • 9:30 – 10 a.m.; The Kansas City Veterinary College; Dr. Howard H. Erickson, Kansas State University
  • 10 – 10:40 a.m.; History of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, AAVMC
  • 10:40 – 11:10 a.m.; History of Veterinary Technician Programs; Ms. Jacqueline Paritte; Oklahoma State University (winner of the 2013 Smithcors Essay Contest)
  • 11:10 – 11:50 a.m.; Early African-American Graduates of Kansas State University; Dr. Ronnie Elmore, Kansas State University
Interested guests are invited to attend the entire session or individual presentations.

For more information, visit avmhs.org or contact Dr. Ronnie Elmore, president-elect, AVMHS at 785-532-5660 or elmore@vet.k-state.edu.

LGVMA Hosts Keynote Address on LGBTQ Rights and Strategy

The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) will host a keynote address by Jeremy Pittman of the Human Rights Campaign Fund on "Current Update of LGBTQ Rights and Strategy" at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The lecture, sponsored by the HRC and Zoetis, will be held in the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, Capitol 1, in conjunction with the AVMA Convention. Learn more.

University of Georgia Professor Named to COE

Dr. Spencer A. Johnston
A five-member selection committee established by the AAVMC reviewed candidates and selected Dr. Spencer A. Johnston, the James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, to serve as a member of  the Council on Education (COE). He begins his term in July 2014.

Dr. Johnston, who is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, heads the Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at UGA. He is a former professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), where he had a clinical specialty focus in orthopedic surgery and won numerous teaching awards. He left Virginia Tech in 2003 for private surgical practice, but returned to academic veterinary medicine when he joined the UGA faculty in 2007.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates approved changes in the structure and operations of the Council on Education during their 2013 annual meeting. Members of the COE are now appointed for six-year terms by the AAVMC and AVMA instead of being elected by the AVMA House of Delegates.

The restructured Council on Education will now include eight members appointed by the AAVMC and eight members appointed by the AVMA.

Important Dates:
  • July 18, 2014: Deadline for submitting proposals for educational sessions and posters for the 2015 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium in Washington, DC
  • July 28, 2014: Assembly Meeting, Denver, CO
  • March 13-15, 2014: 2015 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, Washington, DC

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Study Aims to Keep Intermingling Dogs Healthy 

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Trustees approve expansion of Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State



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