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Iverson Bell Award

Nomination Period Opens: September 1, 2014
Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2014


Nominees may be an individual within the college/school of veterinary medicine or external to the college/school of veterinary medicine. The individual need not be a veterinarian.

Who may nominate

Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution.


The awardee will be notified in December 2014. The awardee is expected to attend the AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium in March 2015 to receive the award and make a presentation on the topic of diversity in veterinary medical education. Awardee's reasonable costs (registration, travel, housing, meals) for attending the Annual Conference will be covered by AAVMC. The awardee is encouraged to submit their presentation to the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education for publication.

What to submit

1.    Nomination letter addressing the award criteria (see below)
2.    Supporting documentation, not to exceed 10 single-sided pages

Where to submit materials

Materials should be submitted by email to

Award criteria

  1. A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in academic veterinary medicine through contributions that may be felt in any area–college, local area or region, state and/or national arenas.
  2. Played a significant role in the recruitment, development, and retention of pre-vet and DVM students, faculty, residents and interns from underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.
  3. Included and promoted diversity in the veterinary medical profession through the inclusion/infusion of diversity issues in the college environment through programming and curriculum additions.
Award committee

The AAVMC Diversity Committee appoints the award committee from among its members.

Background of the award and recent past recipients

The biennial Iverson Bell Award is given in memory and recognition of Dr. Iverson Bell's outstanding leadership and contributions in the promotion of diversity in veterinary medical education.

Past recipients of the Iverson Bell Award

2013    Dr. Ronnie Elmore
2011    Dr. Willie Reed
2009    Dr. Tracy Hanner
2007    Dr. Halcyon Watkins
2005    Dr. James Coffman
2003    Dr. Alfonza Atkinson
2001    Dr. Louis Archbold
1999    Dr. Eugene Adams
1997    Dr. Sylvia Graham
1995    Dr. Albert Dade
1993    Dr. Walter Bowie
1991    Ms. Patricia Lowrie
1989    Dr. Billy Hooper
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