In the nearly 60-year history of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC), Dean Rustin Moore is now one of three veterinarians to receive the AAVC’s most coveted award, the Jack Judy Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes one of its members for their effort, enthusiasm, and leadership in support of the mission, vision, and vitality of the AAVC. Dr. Jack Judy, the award’s namesake, is a long-time member and past officer of the organization. He is known for his pioneering work on the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). As a recipient of the award, Dean Moore is now part of an elite award legacy that includes some of the nation’s foremost leaders in veterinary medicine.
Dean Moore joined Ohio State’s faculty in 2006 as professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. In 2009, he assumed the role of acting director of the Veterinary Medical Center and in 2011, he became the associate dean of clinical and outreach programs and executive director of the Veterinary Medical Center. In 2015, the Ohio State Board of Trustees appointed him dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dean Moore previously served as president of AAVC and was instrumental in the creation of their Resident Professional Development and Leadership Conference. Proposed in 2011, the conference is designed to bring together the best and brightest veterinary residents across the country with an interest in pursuing a career in academia. Held every other year, it is the only conference of its kind for veterinary residents with a specific interest in academia.
Currently, the AAVC pays for one resident from every college to attend the conference as a strategy to encourage those with an interest in academia and to help reduce the cost. The conference highlights the organization’s commitment to ensuring that veterinary residents are equipped with the right tools and expertise to aid their decision-making process when it comes to choosing a career in academia. Kyle Renaldo, a veterinary resident at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, was thankful for the opportunity to attend the conference this past spring. He said, “The sessions were lively and incredibly informative and I now have more insight into what a career in academia entails and most importantly I have a better idea of the next steps I need to take to make my plan a reality.” This year, 53 residents attended the conference in Atlanta, GA —making it the highest number of attendees since the first conference in 2012.
Established in 1958, the AAVC is an organization of veterinary clinicians who are engaged in teaching and/or research at the professional, graduate or postgraduate level. Members of the organization include faculty in clinical departments at veterinary schools and colleges who train veterinarians in internship and residency programs. “I am deeply honored to have been deemed of receiving the Jack Judy Distinguished Service Award”, said Dean Moore. “I’m very grateful to have such a rewarding career that I truly love, and I continue to be inspired and guided by some of the world’s brightest thinkers and strongest leaders in our profession.”