Promoting Excellence in Veterinary Medical Education
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) advances veterinary medicine by supporting the education and the preparation of a high-caliber workforce that can meet society's future needs.
We accomplish this by:
- Promoting veterinary medical education and research
- Leading the way in veterinary medical education advocacy
- Facilitating interaction and sharing of best academic practices among colleges of veterinary medicine
- Cultivating leadership and interacting with all veterinary medical stakeholders to chart a course for the future
- Advocating for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in veterinary medicine through our DiVersity Matters program
- Tracking and reporting on enrollment and application data to spot emerging issues and trends
- Promoting global partnerships and standards
Initiatives of special interest to veterinary educators include:
The Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible
Spearheaded by the AAVMC, the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC) was the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken to ensure that veterinary medical education meets changing societal needs. The consortium looked at how educational models, accreditation, and licensing can all work together to create a workforce of next-generation veterinarians.
VEC focuses on planning, faculty development, and sharing best practices. Participants in the annual VEC symposium exchange ideas, learn from each other, and generate new ideas in the context of an ongoing collaborative exchange.
Our “One Health” philosophy accepts the inextricable connection between human and animal health and the need to safeguard both. Put into practice, the “One Health” approach fosters collaborations and the free flow of information among multiple, interrelated fields: medicine, public health, the environment and agriculture.
In short, One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working – locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.