Dr. Warwick Arden, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of NC State University and Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The appointment for the 2009-2010 term is effective immediately.
The AAVMC coordinates the affairs of veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, representing more than 4,000 faculty, 5,000 staff, 10,000 students, and 3,000 graduate students. There are more than 60 member institutions including selected departments of veterinary science, comparative medicine, and veterinary medical education institutions.
As president, Dean Arden heads the 11-person board of directors that works with the AAVMC national staff in reviewing recommendations and reports from the association’s numerous standing committees and task forces.
"This is a challenging time for our colleges as we seek to meet changing societal demands for veterinary expertise," Dean Arden says. "Ours is an exceptionally diverse profession and the AAVMC is committed to training outstanding graduates who not only care for companion animals, horses, food animals and wildlife, but who support global public health by ensuring food safety and food security, investigating infectious diseases, advancing the frontiers of comparative medicine through leading biomedical research, and serving as stewards of our precious ecosystems.”
Among the association’s focus areas for the coming year:
- Reviewing, evaluating, and improving veterinary medical education to prepare graduates to address new societal needs;
- Keeping pace with the need for comparative biomedical research and increasing the number of graduates who become veterinary researchers;
- Recruiting a student body aligned with the demands for veterinary expertise, including large animal veterinarians and public health officials;
- Increasing the number of racially and ethnically underrepresented populations in academic veterinary medicine;
- Developing the next generation of leaders for academic veterinary medicine.
Posted July 13, 2009