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AAVMC – “50 and Forward”


The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is proud to celebrate a year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration running from March 2015 – March 2016. In addition to this milestone for AAVMC, the celebration year provides opportunities for each veterinary college to share in the communication around the vital mission of academic veterinary medicine.

Themed “Fifty and Forward,” this anniversary is also a campaign to build greater awareness and support for academic veterinary medicine, and by extension, the profession we serve.

Please visit the refreshed AAVMC home page, and explore the 50th anniversary pages. There is also a AAVMC 50th Anniversary print brochure available for download.

The AAVMC will be working at the national level with Congress and executive agencies, national media, and allied organizations, but the true success of this effort is going to turn on how effective member institutions can be at the grassroots level to reach out at the state and regional level.

How can you partner in that?

  •  Arrange for your dean to show the anniversary video to strategic audiences and connect it to your institution.
  • Place the :30 PSA with commercial television stations in major statewide markets
  • Utilize anniversary collateral in your own digital and print communication products
  • Use our template to procure resolutions of support from key organizations and state VMA’s
  • Post your anniversary progress and achievements on social channels and the anniversary site

Jeff Douglas, Senior Communications Consultant to the AAVMC welcomes your inquiries and can share detailed information, guidance and materials during this special year-long celebration.


The AAVMC Communications Excellence Award will be Awarded at the 2016 AVAP Annual Conference this July!

The “AAVMC Communications Excellence Award” is designed to recognize the important role communications plays in advancing academic veterinary medicine and the profession. It also seeks to inspire higher levels of performance among our members. During this 50th anniversary year, the award will also recognize member engagement with the AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary program. In addition to overall program excellence, judging criteria will recognize grassroots institutional participation in anniversary communication programs.

The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and recognition during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP). The recipient is expected to attend the AVAP meeting held in conjunction with the 2016 annual meeting of the AVMA in San Antonio, Texas to receive the award.

Nominations are welcome from any individual employed by an AAVMC member institution and candidates may nominate themselves. Nominators are encouraged to submit materials electronically via email. Hard copy will be accepted if postmarked by the deadline for
submission. The winner will be announced in May 2016.

The individual selected as the 2016 AAVMC Communication Excellence Award could be asked to present at the AVAP conference on Wednesday as part of the Communications Track Session.  

Nominations are currently being accepted.

Click here for the
Nomination From and Additional Information

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Congratulations to U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Communications Team

2015 Communications Excellence Award will be formally bestowed to UC Davis, July 14 at the 2015 AVAP Conference Meeting

Read the full News Release from AAVMC: CommAward2015NewsRelease