Council for International Veterinary Medical Education Established
Posted May 17, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Embracing an opportunity to help advance the
quality of global academic veterinary medicine, the Association of
American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has established a new
Council of International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME).
AAVMC President Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King dean of
veterinary medicine at the Texas A&M University College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences announced the
council's creation during the AAVMC's recent 50th Anniversary Gala
Celebration in Washington, D.C.
"Our responsibilities in this area have been growing since 2005,
when the Council on Education began accrediting international
schools," Green said. "We have an obligation to inspire higher
standards of academic veterinary medicine around the world. And,
it's an obligation we embrace with a great sense of duty and
The profession of veterinary medicine is playing an enormous
role in global food production, food security, and public health,
and that role will continue to grow in the decades ahead. CIVME
hopes to boost the capacity of the profession to provide needed
services by enhancing the worldwide quality of academic veterinary
The council includes representation from different regions of
the world. The goal is to create a structure that will promote more
robust collaboration and communication, share best practices and
advancements and diffuse innovation in academic veterinary
The council will facilitate collaboration among educational
researchers through the provision of small seed grants and, where
appropriate, make recommendations to the AAVMC and other
organizations for funding larger initiatives.
The council includes one member and one alternate member from
seven different geographic sectors: the United Kingdom, continental
Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America/Caribbean, Africa,
Asia, Canada, and the United States.
The charter meeting of the council occurred during the March
2016 annual conference of the AAVMC in Washington, D.C. There,
representatives held a daylong meeting focused on the development
of initial strategies and operations.
Planning for the initiative began when the AAVMC board
established a Task Force on International Engagement in July 2014.
Chaired by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts
University Dean Dr. Deborah Kochevar, that group was asked to
develop a potential organizational structure, identify and
prioritize global regions for engagement, and explore strategies
for working with educators in these regions.
More information about CIVME is available on the
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and
improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the
environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary
medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges
in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
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