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2016 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award to be Awarded at the Annual AVAP Conference

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

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 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.  





Best Wishes to Past-President Jonathan Burton

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

Our worlds are full of transitions and change, and it often seems that we do not have enough time to pause and reflect. I hope that this note will provide the impetus to take a moment to think about the many contributions of Jonathan Burton. Today he began work in a major gift role with his undergraduate alma mater, Clark University.

I want to thank Jonathon not only for his service as an AVAP member these past 8 years, but also for his numerous contributions as an Executive Committee member. These past three years, he served as Vice President, President, and this year, Past President. Jonathan’s talents, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and intelligence have contributed to AVAP’s ongoing growth and evolution, and we thank him for being a part of this great organization.

Best wishes, Jonathan! Thank you for your leadership and commitment.

Pam Jones
AVAP President 2015-2016


A Note from Jonathan – Feb 4, 2016:

Hello AVAP Friends,

I’ve been dragging my feet a bit on passing this news along, and I would rather call each of you than send my update via broadcast email.

I phoned Pam last week to reluctantly share that I’m making a professional transition, after eight rewarding years with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and another seven years prior to that with Tufts in undergraduate alumni relations.  Fifteen years is a long time with one university, but honestly, I could have stayed another fifteen more.  Things remain very good here at Tufts!

I’m returning to my undergraduate alma mater, Clark University, (nearby in Worcester, MA) in a major gifts role to hopefully help achieve some of the steady and prosperous growth that I’ve enjoyed being a part of with Tufts for so many years.  This was an exceedingly difficult choice for me, but the timing felt right to help Clark grow as the university ramps up for a comprehensive campaign.

There are many facets of my work I am surely going to miss, but the camaraderie of AVAP volunteers is right up there at the tippy top.  I feel privileged to have had the chance to contribute to this association, and it has provided much back for me.  I remember very well my first AVAP meeting in New Orleans which added such great perspective on my work.  Several on this list were involved AVAP volunteers when I began my veterinary advancement work in 2007, and every year since, I feel like I’ve gained valuable insights from peers in this profession.

I remain in my role at Tufts throughout the month of February.  Please drop a line as time allows, as I’d welcome the chance to connect personally with each of you!

Very best,

2015 Conference Program Resource Archive & Presentation Documents

With thanks again to the nearly 100 AVAP members who joined to make the July 14-15 2015 Boston-Cambridge conference so memorable, we hope you’ll continue to build on the connections made this past summer as your academic year continues.

For handy reference, all of the resources and presentation materials are now archived on the 2015 Conference Information Page.

AVAP President Update

September 21, 2015

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

Greetings from the AVAP Executive Committee. We hope this email finds you well! The purpose of this letter is to provide a brief update on several outcomes from our business meeting in Boston and our progress toward this year’s goals. Please communicate with any of the executive committee members if you have comments, feedback or advice.

Report on Outcomes from our Business Meeting – July 14, 2015, AVAP Conference, Boston, MA

  • We are following up on our 501-c-3 paperwork. We’ll have more to report in the future.
  • The new bank account transition is in process.
  • The Chris Gruber Memorial Scholarship Pledge Installment was paid at $1,000

Report on Progress Toward 2015/2016 Goals

Goal One: To continually improve the educational foundation of AVAP for the benefit of its members

  1. Strategically use the listserv to pose questions that are relevant to current issues.
    1. The Executive Committee has put together a schedule to post discussion starters on the listserv each month starting in September and running thru May with a break in December.
    2. For September’s topic, Jo Ann Winn just posted helpful tips on listserv etiquette.
  2. Provide support to those who wish to create educational fora for the benefit of our members.
    1. Danielle Ford has begun a bi-monthly conference call option – (Topic on August 20th – Reunion Weekend; Topic coming up on October 15th – Grateful Client Programs)
    2. Please let us know if you wish to prepare something similar, and we will assist.
  3. Support our on-site conference committee with all aspects of the upcoming conference.
    1. Eliana Mijangos, Conference Chair, is working with her committee and has made progress on the logistics and budget plan. She has also formed a sub-committee to work on the conference program and content.
  4. We hope to increase conference attendance by 3-4% (4-5 additional conferees), so let us know if you have any ideas to accomplish this.
    1. We received a 53% return on survey responses. It was slightly lower than our target of 60%, but we will aim for this number next year. Thank you for taking the time to respond, and we are grateful for your feedback! Results are posted on the AVAP web site.
    2. Please save the date! The conference will be on August 9th and 10th.

Goal Two: To collaborate with our respective institutions and AVAP’s partner organizations to ‘come into view’ on the major opportunities and challenges facing veterinary medicine

  1. Meet with the AAVMC leadership to identify 1-2 specific goals that AVAP and AAVMC can partner on in the coming year.
    1. Two goals have been identified and are being vetted with the executive committee on both sides. We will be in contact with AVMA; there will be more to report on both collaborations in the coming months.
  2. Promote the participation of (a minimum of) 5 deans to attend next year’s conference.
    1. We will be posting information on next year’s conference on the website in ample time to share with your deans.
  3. Define 1-2 tasks to support cross-communication between AVAP and AVMA in support of our conference at San Antonio.
    1. More to report as the year unfolds.

Please let us know if you have any comments on these goals. We look forward to the coming year!

Best regards,
Pam Jones
Phone: 970.491.3932
Mobile: 970.219.4913
[email protected]

What’s on the agenda?

The Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals invites conference registrants, to view the conference agenda for our July 14-15 Annual Meeting.  Some 100 conference attendees are expected to join together.  Registration is at full capacity, and is now closed.

 AVAP – 2015 Conference Agenda & Schedule

Where exactly will it all be located?

On July 14 (first day of conference) the AVAP welcome/registration table will be located on the Cambridge Marriott’s second floor, outside of Grand Ballroom/Salon III, which will serve as the main presentation room for the conference.   Grand Ballroom/Salon III is located just up the escalator in the hotel lobby.



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 communications around the vital mission of academic veterinary medicine.

Learn more

Call for Nominations – AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

The AAVMC Communications Excellence Award will be Awarded at the 2015 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 and foster collaboration.

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 Conference Business Meeting to be held on July 15, to receive the award.

The individual selected as the 2015 AAVMC Communication Excellence Award will be asked to present at the AVAP conference on Wednesday as part of the Communications Track Session.  

Nominations are currently being accepted.

Nomination and Information Form

Message from AVAP President

Jonathan_Burton_AVAP Jonathan Burton, AVAP President 2014-2015

Veterinary Advancement Colleagues,

 (Using the very most inclusive definition of “advancement”, however your role is defined to advance the mission of your institution.)

It is a privilege and a pleasure to begin my volunteer role of AVAP President following our 2014 AVAP conference meeting held in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.  (Pam Jones and team, you hit a home run!)  Thank you to each of you for affording the opportunity to serve this organization and its affiliates.

I hope each of you who network through this association and attend AVAP meetings always take something valuable away to potentially apply at your “shop”.  During our recent meeting, I certainly gleaned a number of innovative ideas to consider adapting in my work for the year ahead, and beyond.  While programmatic goals can be measured and quantified, what I think is a bit less easy to apply a metric to is simply the positive, reenergizing feeling of meeting and conversing with colleagues from other veterinary colleges that share an understanding or our successes, our failures, our challenges and our lofty aspirations.  We are a unique “family” and I hope you share that familial bond with each other too.

Though I’ve never really thought of myself as a “joiner”, I step up to help because I feel a genuine sense of respect and admiration for my peers at other veterinary colleges and I get a spark of enthusiasm from learning how they are tackling similar issues shared amidst our work.  I admit this hoping that if you should find yourself on the sidelines of jumping in to be involved with steering this organization, that perhaps you will come to the same conclusion that I did; that is can be enriching use of your time.  And, I love that this network remains fluid enough to respond to innovative input from new blood.  So bring it on!

I hope to see many familiar faces and many new ones when we convene in Boston in 2015.  But long before then, please consider the AVAP officers to be contacts you can reach out to at any time.


[email protected]
(508) 887-4795

P.S. How about one more round of applause for past president, Kelley Marchbanks, and for all of those listed on the gavel/plaque dating back to 1988.  Hats off!


AVAP Receives Thank you for Memorial Gift

As part of the 2013 Annual Business Meeting, AVAP members voted to use general funds to make a memorial gift in memory of Chris Gruber, a colleague and long-time AVAP member who lost is life in a tragic plane accident. K-State sent a thank you note to AVAP for that memorial gift.

Click here to view the K-State Memorial Thank you Note.

Note of Thanks to AVAP from K-State Dean for Donation in Memory of Chris Gruber

Dear AVAP Members,

On behalf of all of us at Kansas State University who knew Chris Gruber, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your most generous donation to the memorial scholarship established in his honor.  You were much more than his professional colleagues; you were his friends.  As Chris and I traveled the country together, he often reflected on the amazing fellowship that he had with so many of you.  He always looked forward to your meetings and made it a priority to take as many of our staff to the AVMA annual meeting as he possibly could, not just to learn how to be better stewards of the work responsibilities, but to experience the camaraderie that exists among you.  It was a privilege to attend part of your meeting in Chicago this week.  You are a very special  group of people who get to work on a day-by-day basis with people who really care for a cause.  This gift from you means more to us than words can express.  I know that Chirs’ family will be deeply touched by your expression of love and respect for Chris.

Ralph C. RichardsonDVM, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology, Internal Med)
101 Trotter Hall
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5601