(SAN ANTONIO) August 8, 2016—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) with its 2016 President’s Award during the President’s Reception at the AVMA Convention 2016 in San Antonio. Celebrating its 50th year of advancements in academic veterinary medicine, the AAVMC was recognized for shaping the future of veterinary medicine and providing a forum for all the veterinary medical colleges to gather under one roof and address critical issues in the profession.
“The AVMA and the AAVMC have enjoyed a sound working relationship for decades now, and that relationship has grown stronger every year through improved communication and increased collaboration,” said Dr. Joe Kinnarney, AVMA president. “Considering today's climate and the challenges we face, it’s imperative that we preserve and enhance that relationship, and that we continue to work together. We must continue our efforts to improve the service delivery of veterinary medical education, while heightening the world-class competency and increased confidence of graduates when entering into a national and increasingly international marketplace. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the AAVMC in the years ahead as we address the issues facing veterinary medicine now and into the future.”
Together, the AVMA and AAVMC have built greater awareness and support for academic veterinary medicine and the profession in the following ways:
Twenty years ago, the AVMA Board of Directors re-established a joint AVMA/AAVMC Committee to monitor changes in—and the future direction of—veterinary medicine in North America.
In addition to the AAVMC having representation on the AVMA Council on Education, the two organizations now have a shared responsibility of appointing members to the council. The AAVMC also is represented on a number of other AVMA councils and committees.
In recent years, the AVMA has partnered with the AAVMC and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine to launch an exciting initiative in advancing diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.
The AVMA and AAVMC have worked together to create the first Veterinary Medicine Caucus in the U.S. Congress, which underscores the critical role the profession of veterinary medicine plays in a healthy society.
The AAVMC has played a major role in the AVMA’s annual Economic Summits, which address the ongoing economic challenges facing veterinary medical education.
Most recently, the AVMA and AAVMC, along with the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, jointly organized a Fix the Debt summit that assessed the impact of student debt on the veterinary profession and identified profession-wide strategies to address these challenges.