January 2015

AAVMC Announces Academic Veterinary Medicine Awards

The AAVMC has announced the recipients of five awards that recognize excellence in academic veterinary medicine. The awards will officially be presented at the AAVMC's 2015 Annual Conference, March 13-15, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Jon Patterson, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2014 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis. The honor is considered the most prestigious national teaching award in veterinary medicine. Dr. Patterson teaches general pathology, neuropathology, and diagnostic pathology to veterinary students in classroom, laboratory, and clerkship settings. He also trains residents in veterinary anatomic pathology. Dr. Patterson is known for "bringing pathology to life" through his dedication and passion for teaching, often using case-based learning methods that engage and motivate students.

Dr. Susan VandeWoude from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences is the recipient of the 2014 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award, presented by Zoetis. Selected by a committee of peers, the honor designates Dr. VandeWoude as the outstanding veterinary medical researcher of the year. Dr. VandeWoude received the award for her work on feline immunology and virology, which includes investigating feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) as a model for human disease, examining the molecular nature of host/virus interaction, and exploring the larger implications of infectious diseases on wildlife. She has served as the principal investigator on grants totaling nearly $10 million, most of which came from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and has participated in a variety of roles in training grants totaling nearly $6.5 million. Her work has resulted in more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, 200 abstracts presentations, and numerous invited lectures.

Dr. K. Paige Carmichael, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor and Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2015 Iverson Bell Award, given in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting opportunities for underrepresented minorities in veterinary medical education. Dr. Carmichael served as the associate dean for academic affairs for eight years and has authored or co-authored several successful grant proposals to address the recruitment of underrepresented groups to veterinary medicine and support their careers. At UGA, she created VetCAMP, the Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program, which works to recruit young under-represented minority students with an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also mentors students and early career faculty and facilitates in the development of student diversity groups. Dr. Carmichael speaks often on minority opportunities in veterinary medicine and has worked to expand underrepresented student recruitment efforts at UGA and elsewhere.

Dr. L. Garry Adams
, a senior professor from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the recipient of the 2015 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award for his visionary leadership in promoting veterinary legislative advocacy. Dr. Adams has provided leadership on many boards and scientific committees, including those of the American Veterinary Medical Association, AAVMC and National Academy of Sciences. He has testified at many congressional hearings that helped to shape national policy, including presenting invited testimony for the U.S. Congressional House Select Committee's "Bioshield: Countering the Bioterrorist Threat" panel. Dr. Adams served as chair of the brucellosis and the tuberculosis scientific advisory committees of the United States Animal Health Association, providing guidance on the scientific basis for implementing rules impacting international trade policies with Mexico and Canada. He also served as the scientific leader of biologic systems research for the Department of Homeland Security, National Center of Excellence for Foreign and Zoonotic Disease Defense, developing countermeasures against exotic diseases that could erode the nation's food security.

Dr. Lance Perryman, dean emeritus of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences, has been chosen to deliver the 2015 Recognition Lecture at the AAVMC’s 2015 Annual Conference. The Recognition Lecture is an annual honor given by the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision has made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession. Dr. Perryman's lecture will align with the conference theme of "Recruiting and Selecting for the Future of Veterinary Medicine."

"The AAVMC is always pleased to recognize outstanding educators in academic veterinary medicine," said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. "These are people who inspire their peers and others through a standard of excellence that lifts the entire profession and enables future veterinarians and educators to build upon their achievements."

AAVMC and AVMA Convene Joint Committee Meeting

Top leaders from the AAVMC and AVMA convened in Washington, D.C., December 12 for a Joint Committee meeting. Organizational updates were provided for the committee by AAVMC President Dr. Trevor Ames and AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn.

Dr. Ames discussed enhancements to the Comparative Data Report, the establishment of the APLU/AAVMC Joint Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, and highlighted the success of recent meetings such as the Primary Care Veterinary Educators Symposium, the Wellness Symposium 2.0 at The Ohio State University, and the Outcomes Assessment Workshop held in Denver. He also discussed the AVMA/AAVMC congressional briefing highlighting the role of veterinarians in biomedical research, the new AAVMC Public Policy Faculty Fellows Program, the AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and other topics.

Dr. Cohn updated the committee on the AVMA’s Strategy Management Process, which includes the development of a new strategic plan and operating plan. He also discussed progress with the Partners for Healthy Pets program, international engagement, policies related to the potential role of companion animals in the transmission of ebola, and other items.

The committee discussed a variety of measures concerning the Council on Education, including the December 11 U.S. Department of Education hearing on the COE’s continued certification as the accrediting agency in academic veterinary medicine, existing and possible alternatives for the COE’s organizational and legal structure, and the development of an AAVMC staff position to work with the Council on Education.

AVMA Vice President Dr. Joseph Kinnarney recapped the recent AVMA Economic Summit, including student debt, workforce issues, and applicant data. The committee also held discussions concerning diversity and the value of opportunities for faculty development, such as the Veterinary Educator Collaborative and the AAVMC Western Consortium.

Periodic Joint Committee meetings between the senior leaders of the two organizations began about three years ago in order to promote greater collaboration in addressing major issues affecting the veterinary profession.

USDE Hearing Held on Council on Education Recertification

Deans representing AAVMC member institutions and others presented testimony in support of the current structure and operations of the Council on Education (COE) during a December 11, 2014 hearing organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

The hearings were scheduled as an extension of normal Department of Education recertification processes for accrediting organizations in higher education.

The AAVMC supports the continued recognition of the COE as the official accrediting agency in academic veterinary medicine. The AAVMC believes the COE is broadly accepted throughout the educational community and widely recognized as the most appropriate accrediting agency in academic veterinary medicine. The AAVMC position on the issue is fully aligned with the position of the AVMA.

A number of others testified that they did not believe the COE was widely accepted as the most appropriate model for accreditation in academic veterinary medicine.

The Department of Education is expected to make an announcement regarding the continued certification of the Council on Education in early 2015.

Organizations that accredit various educational and professional programs in U.S. colleges and universities are required to file a Petition for Continued Recognition with the U. S. Department of Education every five years.

During hearings held in Washington, D.C. on December 12, 2012, NACIQI identified several opportunities for constructive change and the COE made a number of improvements in its structure and operations.

Nominations Open for 2015 AAVMC Communications Award

Nominations for the 2015 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award are being accepted through March 1, 2015.

The Communications Excellence Award was established by the AAVMC Board of Directors in 2013 to recognize the important role communications plays in advancing academic veterinary medicine and the profession, inspire higher levels of performance and foster collaboration among member institutions.

The competition is open for college and university based communication officers who are primarily responsible for the management and operation of the communications program at an AAVMC member institution. The body of work considered runs from January – December 31 of the year prior to the award presentation.

The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque and public recognition. It will be presented during the 2015 annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) in Boston.

Honorees are invited by AVAP to make a presentation on the winning communications program during the annual AVAP conference.

Criteria considered for the award include overall quality of the communication program, program success in telling the story of modern academic veterinary medicine to a diverse group of stakeholders, content shared with the AAVMC for integration with their national communications program, leadership and innovation.

For more details and to access a nomination form, please click here.

Tuskegee Joins Veterinary Medical College Application Service

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health has joined the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).

Aspiring veterinary medical students use VMCAS to apply to most veterinary medical schools that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

With the addition of Tuskegee, the number of schools using VMCAS now totals 29 of 30 U.S. schools, two schools in Canada, two in Scotland, and one school each in England, Ireland, Australia, Grenada, St. Kitts, and New Zealand.

VMCAS collects, processes, and submits application materials to the veterinary medical schools and responds to inquiries about the application process from applicants, advisors, parents, and schools. The system also has electronic evaluation and submission capability and serves as a social media hub via Facebook where applicants can ask questions, interact, and obtain updates.

“The scope of VMCAS, combined with its ability to integrate information and the continual addition of technological enhancements, makes it simply the best option for us at this time,” said Dr. Ruby Perry, the college’s interim dean and professor of veterinary radiology.  “Joining VMCAS gives us exposure to an expanded applicant base and access to a greater suite of applicant services.”

Dr. Michael Chaddock Named Associate Dean at MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Former AAVMC Deputy Director Dr. Michael Chaddock has been named associate dean of administration at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Dr. Michael Chaddock

Dr. Chaddock is currently assistant dean for One Health & Strategic Initiatives at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, where he has served since 2012. He will assume his new role at MSU on February 1.

At MSU, he will lead the college's strategic planning process, assist in budget and planning, and support leadership development for the college, as well as be involved with the college's One Health initiative and diversity programs. He will also assist the College in governmental affairs activities, interactions with professional organizations of veterinary medicine, and interfacing with the college’s stakeholder groups.

“Dr. Chaddock will be an essential member of the College’s leadership team,” said Dean John Baker. “He comes to MSU with a wealth of experience that will allow the college to increase engagement in a number of areas including alumni and stakeholder relations and diversity services. He also will be instrumental in augmenting the college’s strategic initiatives and administrative policy and planning.”

Dr. Chaddock's career also includes working as director of government relations for the AVMA and as the director of the Animal Industry Division and state veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Agriculture for 15 years.

He  received his veterinary degree from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and also holds an Executive Master’s in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.

AVMA Releases Series of Economic Reports

Over the past couple of years, the American Veterinary Medical Association has focused considerable resources on the analysis of economic forces shaping the contemporary profession of veterinary medicine.

A series of six reports developed by the AVMA Economics Division will be made available during 2015.

The schedule for release includes AVMA Report on Veterinary Markets, January; AVMA Report on Veterinary Employment, February; AVMA Report on Veterinary Debt and Income, March; AVMA Report on the Market for Veterinarians, May; AVMA Report on Veterinary Capacity, July; and AVMA Report on the Market for Veterinary Education, September.

The series is available for purchase. The price is $249 for AVMA members and $499 for nonmembers.  For more information, visit www.avma.org/products.

Third Veterinarian Elected to Congress

Dr. Ralph Abraham, a veterinarian who subsequently attended medical school and now serves as a physician, has been elected to the United States Congress.

Dr. Abraham, who represents the 5th District of Louisiana as a Republican, grew up on a Louisiana farm and has devoted his life to family, medicine, and service to others through a variety of humanitarian endeavors.

AAVMC Government Relations Director Kevin Cain said the AAVMC and the AVMA plan on inviting Abraham to join the Veterinary Medicine Caucus, first established in the 113th Congress.

Led by Congressmen Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) and Ted Yoho (R-Florida), the caucus organized several briefings and informational programs on current issues in veterinary medicine and public policy. The caucus will be reformulated shortly after the 114th Congress is convened, according to Cain.

“Having a physician who is also a veterinarian in Congress is a terrific opportunity in the era of ‘One Health,’” said Cain. “Dr. Abraham will definitely bring a unique understanding with respect to the integrated nature of human and veterinary medicine and we’re very excited about inviting him to work with the caucus.”

After earning his DVM degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Abraham practiced in northeast Louisiana for ten years. In 1990, he enrolled in the LSU School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. degree in 1994. He has served as a general family practitioner since 1995.

Dr. Abraham is a pilot and has been a flight instructor since 1980. He has served as an aviation medical examiner since 2007. He has combined his skills as a physician, veterinarian and pilot to volunteer with a number of humanitarian projects, including mission trips in Haiti, Afghanistan, Peru, Africa and the Bahamas.

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