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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Date: April 22, 2015
  • Contact: Daphne Tabbytite, Acting Co-Executive Director & Assistant Director
  • 1-877-698-8482

AAVSB Celebrates 55th Anniversary

Kansas City, MO (April 22, 2015) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is proud to celebrate 55 years of service to the veterinary regulatory community. The Association was originally incorporated in 1960 as the Association of American Boards of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine. Its intention was to provide an avenue for members of regulatory boards of veterinary medicine to share their experiences and explore common issues. In the beginning, annual one-day meetings were held where officers were elected and educational programs were conducted.

Over the years, the Association implemented various programs and services designed to lessen the public protection burden on state veterinary regulatory boards. This included the development of the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA) and the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) programs in the 1990's. The Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) and the Practice Act Model (PAM) were developed in the 2000's. The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) was purchased by the AAVSB in 2005. And in 2014, the AAVSB's newest service was introduced: the Veterinary Continuing Education Tracking (VCET) system.

Fifty-five years after its inception, the AAVSB's mission aligns with its historical roots: to reliably provide quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals in the interest of public protection. Today, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization's membership consists of 59 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.

AAVSB President Dr. John Lawrence remarked, "We believe 55 years is just the beginning as we continue to listen to our members and find new ways to serve their needs."

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