In realization of the strategic plan of the university for internationalization, the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CVSM), joined recently three well known international veterinary school organizations. It was formally accepted as affiliate member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) last October 1.
According to Dean Romeo S. Gundran, the CVSM now enjoys privileges which include access to AAVMC staff expertise, products and services in a variety of areas such as academic veterinary research, clinical programs and training, curricula and diversity issues, institutional data analysis, and leadership development, among many others.
There is also an opportunity for academic administrators to participate in the annual conference and assembly as well as leadership academy. Moreover, the college will regularly receive five complimentary copies of each quarterly issue of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Dr. Gundran added.
In a similar development, the College was formally recognized as member of both the Asian Association of Veterinary Schools (AAVS) and the South-East Asia Veterinary School Association (SEAVSA) on September 4-6, 2013 during the Regional Workshop on Veterinary Education in South-East Asia, 4th Annual SEAVSA Meeting and 12th AAVS Congress, which were held in Surabaya, Indonesia and attended by the CVSM dean, Dr. Romeo S. Gundran.
According to the dean, the said membership of CVSM to the said international organizations offers a great opportunity to strengthen international linkages and collaborations with other member universities. Just after its formal membership, the College immediately received invitations for international seminar-workshops. In the second week of November 2013, two faculty members attended the seminar on Strengthening Global Veterinary Education in Kasetsart University, Thailand while seven faculty members attended the International Animal Welfare Symposium in City University of Hongkong last November 21-22.
Dean Gundran said that research collaborations with veterinary schools of the Universiti Putra Malaysia and Chiang Mai University in Thailand are currently being explored. Undoubtedly, the membership of CVSM to the three international organizations enhances its status as Center of Excellence. -FBSison