The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has new leadership in place with the installation of President Trevor Ames, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, and the naming of president-elect Eleanor M. Green, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP.
The Washington, D.C., organization, which looks after the interests of veterinary colleges worldwide, also recently added a 49th full member: the University of Lyon’s VetAgro Sup in France.
As president, Dr. Ames will lead AAVMC’s board of directors for one year. He also is dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
“I view this opportunity to serve as a tremendous honor, and I’m looking forward to an exciting year,” Ames said. “Our colleges and the profession are dealing with a variety of important issues, but I think our stakeholders share a great sense of common purpose and we’re going to make a lot of progress in creating a better future for veterinary medicine.”
He replaced Kent Hoblet, DVM, MS, the dean of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Next in line for the presidency is Dr. Green, the dean of veterinary medicine at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Elected along with Green were:
- Michael Lairmore, DVM, Ph.D., the dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lairmore will serve as the at-large director for U.S. colleges.
- David Argyle, BVMS, MRCVS, Ph.D., Dipl. ECVIM, who leads the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is the at-large director for international colleges.
- Sandra Bushmich, DVM, MS, a professor of pathology and veterinary science at the University of Connecticut. She is the at-large director for departments of veterinary science.
The addition of VetAgro Sup brings the world’s oldest veterinary college into the AAVMC fold.
Andrew Maccabe, DVM, JD, MPH, who as executive director oversees AAVMC’s day-to-day operations, called the move “a wonderful addition.”
“As the first veterinary college in the world, they have a storied and venerable history, as well as a valued international perspective that will bring even more richness and scope to our organization,” Dr. Maccabe said.
VetAgro Sup recently earned accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education—a requirement for admittance as an AAVMC voting member. Full membership also made VetAgro Sup eligible to join the Veterinary Medical College Application Service, which students use to apply to multiple veterinary schools at one time.