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Thursday, January 19, 2017

AAVMC Annual Conference Focused on Global Diversity and Inclusion

                                                                                        
Washington, D.C., January 19, 2017  – Registration is open for the 2017 AAVMC Annual Conference & Iverson Bell Symposium, scheduled for March 10-12, 2017 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Themed "Building a Diverse Workforce to Serve Global Needs,” the conference will focus on the development of diverse and inclusive environments within global academic veterinary medical institutions. About 50 speakers will present about 35 distinct presentations.

The biennial Iverson Bell Symposium is the oldest symposium dedicated to promoting ethnic, gender, and racial diversity in the veterinary medical profession. The symposium recognizes the outstanding leadership and contributions of the late Dr. Iverson Bell, a statesman-like Indiana practitioner who rose to become vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Bell is recognized as one of the earliest and most eloquent advocates for promoting diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.

During program sessions, leading educators from around the world will share insights on establishing diverse and inclusive environments on campus through student and workforce recruitment, promoting intercultural competency, understanding the hidden curriculum, fostering appropriate culture and climate, and other areas. Critical issues within the profession like student and practitioner health and wellness and educational debt will also be addressed.

The AAVMC’s annual meeting has emerged as the ultimate forum for veterinary medical educators to share ideas and explore best practices that advance the quality of academic veterinary medicine. Hundreds of administrative leaders and faculty experts from leading universities in the United States and throughout the world attend the annual meeting, which is designed to inspire collaboration and innovation.

The winner of the 2017 Iverson Bell Award will be announced during formal ceremonies, as will honorees who have earned a variety of other AAVMC awards for professional excellence and service. A variety of AAVMC committee and component group meetings will be held during the conference, posters detailing instructional and educational advancements will be displayed, and colleagues will network during a variety of receptions and meals.

Dozens of registrants will arrive early to participate in the AAVMC’s annual Advocacy Day, which will be held on Thursday, March 9. During this event, veterinary college leaders and faculty meet with Congressional Members and staffers to discuss issues and legislation that affect the profession of veterinary medicine and the academic institutions that support it.

The historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, located in the Woodley Park area of Washington, D.C., is home to a variety of restaurants and a short distance from Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle. Washington D.C.’s Metro provides easy transport to the monuments and museums on the Capitol Mall.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.

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AAVMC MEDIA CONTACTS:                                                                                             
Jeff Douglas or Jeanne Johnson                                                                                       
Phone:  202/371-9195, x144                                                                                           
Email: jdouglas@aavmc.org or jjohnson@aavmc.org