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Where can I find the dates and locations of AAVMC meetings?

Please visit our meetings page. For more information about AAVMC meetings, please contact Andrew Zoeller, Project Manager at

Which AAVMC meetings should I attend?

The AAVMC Annual Conference is open to any individual to attend, whether or not they are a veterinarian or are employed by a member institution.

While only member institution representatives may fully participate and vote in Assembly meetings, these meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in the business of the association is welcome to attend as an observer. The annual AAVMC Meeting of the Assembly is held at the AVMA Convention each summer.

There are also several Board of Directors meetings held throughout the year. These meetings are also open to the public. In-person Board meetings are held annually in January before the Deans Conference, in March before the Annual Conference, and during the AVMA Convention each summer. Additional meetings are conducted via conference call.

The Deans Conference is held annually in January, and the Advocacy Summit is held annually in March, just before the Annual Conference. Both of these events are open by invitation only. For more information about AAVMC meetings, please contact Andrew Zoeller, Project Manager at

Who is my representative in congress? What about my state legislature?

To find your representative to the U.S. congress, please use your school’s zip code in the Find Your Representative page on the House of Representatives website. For information about your state legislature or any other questions, please contact Kevin Cain, Director of Governmental Relations at

Which members of congress are in the Veterinary Medical Caucus?

A Veterinary Medical Caucus roster is located on Kurt Schrader’s website. If you do not see your representative listed, we strongly encourage you to get involved in making sure they join. For more information about the caucus, please contact Kevin Cain, Director of Governmental Relations at

When do I pay my institution’s dues?

Dues are billed in April and are due July 1 of each year. AAVMC sends the dues invoice to the institutional representative as well as the financial contact for the institution. For more information, please contact Mark Stodter, Accounting Manager at

Where can I find information about applying to veterinary school?

Please visit the Students Applicants and Advisors section of our website for information about the application process, including pre-requisites, for each AAVMC member college. You may also contact VMCAS directly through the Student and Advisor Hotline at 617.612.2884.

Where can I find a list of veterinary colleges?

To find out more about AAVMC Member Institutions, including international institutions, please visit our AAVMC Member Institutions page. You can also see the full member listing.

I’m interested in getting involved with AAVMC committees. Where can I find more information, and how do a sign up?

For information on each of AAVMC’s committees, please visit our committee webpage. If you are an employee of an AAVMC member institution interested in volunteering, a call for volunteers is sent out each summer to contacts at member schools. New committee members’ terms begin after the Annual Meeting of the Assembly each summer, and terms of appointment vary. To make sure you are on an appropriate AAVMC mailing list, please email Lawann Smith-Johnson, Administrative Assistant at

I’d like to email an announcement or job posting to all of the colleges. How do I go about doing this? Does AAVMC have a listserv?

AAVMC provides a key contacts directory to each member institution, which is updated yearly and includes contact information for the institutional representative, their administrative assistant, and associate deans at each member institution. It also has information on other associate deans, department chairs, center/lab directors, admissions officers, advancement professionals, business officers, financial aid officers, legislative points of contact, librarians, and teaching hospital directors. This list can be obtained through your institutional representative, which is the dean of a college or the chair or head of a department. For more information, please see the key contacts policy in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

The AAVMC Key Contacts List may be made available to non-members for use in communications that are germane to academic veterinary medicine. Any person or organization requesting access to the Key Contacts List must demonstrate that such use is relevant and beneficial to AAVMC members, and must agree to be bound by the terms and conditions imposed by AAVMC.

AAVMC also has a jobs board. Any posting to our jobs board is automatically posted to other jobs boards in the Veterinary Careers Network, which includes the AVMA and participating state VMAs.

I’d like to send a survey to member institutions. What is the process for this?

Investigators seeking approval of the AAVMC for dissemination of surveys to the AAVMC’s member institutions must provide the study information to Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at Submissions should be received by the AAVMC prior to seeking Institutional Review Board approval. Submissions should also be received for review at least one month prior to the anticipated start of data collection. For more information and a list of what study information needs to be reviewed, see the survey submission and review policy in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

I’d like a copy of the Comparative Data Report. Could you send this to me?

AAVMC provides a paper and electronic copy of the annual Comparative Data Report to the institutional representative for institutions participating in the data collection process. It is typically distributed in mid-December. A copy can be obtained through the office of your institutional representative. AAVMC Members with access to the Comparative Data Report are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the report, and treat it as an internal Association document. For more information, please see the Comparative Data Report Access Policy in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

Non-member entities wishing to obtain data contained within this report should contact Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at Any distribution of data from the report is considered on a case by case basis.

How is AAVMC different from AVMA? Are they part of the same organization?

AAVMC is an association of institutions of higher education, whereas AVMA is an association of individual veterinarians. While AAVMC and AVMA have many areas of common interest and collaboration, each is an independently incorporated organization.

Does AAVMC rank the veterinary medical colleges?

The AAVMC does not rank veterinary medical colleges. Please see our policy on third party ranking systems in the AAVMC Policies and Procedures Manual.

Does AAVMC accredit colleges offering the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree?

AAVMC does not accredit DVM or equivalent educational programs. This is done by the AVMA Council on Education. AAVMC is, however, responsible for appointing a portion of the council’s membership. For more information, see the AVMA website.

Do you provide discounted or free veterinary care?

No. AAVMC is an association of institutions of higher education, and does not provide any kind of veterinary services. Please contact your state veterinary medical association for a list of care providers in your area. You may also look at our membership page to see if there is a veterinary college near you.

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