2021 AAVMC Annual Conference Transitions to Virtual Experience

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 20, 2020 — The 2021 American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Annual Conference & Iverson Bell Symposium, “Catalyze 2021: Connect & Innovate in the Face of Global Challenges” will be presented as a virtual experience because of the pandemic. 

Originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021 at the Watergate Hotel, the meeting is now tentatively scheduled for a five-day period March 1-5 using the latest digital conference presentation technologies and strategies.

“Unfortunately, the global pandemic continues to disrupt ‘business as usual’ in every way,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “Our objective is to protect the health and wellbeing of our registrants and do our part to battle this pandemic while still providing the quality professional development experiences they need. We’re looking forward to incorporating some exciting innovations during this event.”

The Conference Planning Committee, Manager for Meetings and Events Leslie Wilson and other team members are working diligently to develop a conference that leverages the many opportunities of a virtual experience.

Registration is now open here

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, New York Times best-selling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism is scheduled as a keynote speaker.

More information about prominent guest speakers will be shared in the weeks ahead, and the virtual conference will feature the high-quality professional development programs and networking opportunities that are part of the annual conference.


The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

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