Twice a year (November and April) the officers of the AVMA meet with the officers of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges to discuss issues of mutual importance to the veterinary medical profession and education. As you can imagine we had a lot to talk about his year. Topics included:
- Veterinary medical orientation programs for incoming students;
- Sharing of Veterinary Internet Content Exchange programs for veterinary medical students which has tremendous potential but lacks funding (anyone care to financially support this great resource??);
- Our strategic plans and where we might have common interests, including economics;
- Prioritizing the findings of NAVMEC and how we might move some of those recommendations forward;
- Management of educational debt (given the much decreased government support for higher education),
- How to market and increase the value of the veterinary medical degree for the complexity of the education;
- How to incorporate the principles of the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare into education; and
- How we might speed up the report from the National Academies of Science on Veterinary Medical Workforce.
This was an all day meeting covering a lot of topics. The AVMA and AAVMC hope to continue to work closely together to meet many of the challenges facing veterinary medicine now and into the future.