The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Assembly approved a substantial change to the association's bylaws July 15. Any non-AVMA-accredited veterinary school or college around the globe may become a nonvoting, affiliate member of the AAVMC.
"This is part of our strategy to have a more global approach to veterinary medical education. We feel it's more important to have these colleges with us, rather than without us," said Dr. Andrew Maccabe, AAVMC associate executive director, on behalf of Dr. Lawrence E. Heider, who recently retired as executive director.
Dr. Maccabe noted that the association strongly supports the AVMA accreditation process and that many of the veterinary colleges offered an AAVMC affiliate membership will most likely apply for accreditation in the future. By joining the AAVMC, Dr. Maccabe said, the colleges would be that much more aware of the association's activities once they do receive accreditation.
Based in Washington, D.C., the AAVMC represents all veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, two animal medical centers, and four international colleges of veterinary medicine. Turn to page for a listing of the new AAVMC officers and directors.