The AAVMC Volunteer Orientation course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of volunteer opportunities and member benefits within the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Whether you're a seasoned member or new to the AAVMC community, this course serves as a valuable resource for understanding the various ways you can contribute to advancing academic veterinary medicine.

Technical standards for veterinary education are an increasingly important topic given the rise in the admission of students with disabilities across the health professions education. In 2022, the AAVMC convened a committee, which included a diverse group of Veterinary Medicine faculty and external disability experts, to engage in a robust conversation regarding technical standards for Veterinary Medicine. The outcome of the four-month-long interactive process was the creation of an exemplar set of technical standards. 

To disseminate, provide context, and assist schools in developing technical standards that reflect the value of Veterinarians with Disabilities and advances in technology and communication access, the AAVMC is offering a free webinar for its members. 

The presenters will provide an overview of their committee's process for review, the legal and educational implications for technical standards, the importance of welcoming and inclusive language, review examples of inclusive and restrictive technical standards domains, outline reasonable clinical accommodations, and present the final set of exemplar standards for program consideration. 

In addition to the webinar, learners will also have access to additional resources: a book chapter on Technical Standards and a document with the exemplar set of technical standards.

Gain a basic understanding of the legislative process and veterinary medicine policy advocacy so that you can make sure your voice is heard loud and clear. This course demonstrates how, in a short period of time, you can influence critical policy-making decisions. Topics covered include a history of the term, what advocacy is, and how AAVMC engages. 

 

Questions about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program continue to circulate and AAVMC’s Director for Governmental Relations is here to help! Join the AAVMC for a conversation about the status of the program, including recent and anticipated updates.

Recommended audience: educators currently pursuing Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)