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Conferences & Meetings

The AAVMC has been bringing thought leaders together to network and inspire each other since its inception. That vital work continues.

AAVMC Annual Conference & Iverson Bell Symposium

The AAVMC’s annual conference is considered one of the leading professional development events in international academic veterinary medicine. Hundreds of educators and other leaders from the veterinary medical profession gather every year for a three day-symposium that features respected thought leaders from around the world, explores issues and opportunities, shares best practices, and focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The conference also features the AAVMC’s annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

  • Location: The Grand Hyatt – Downtown D.C.
  • Dates: April 11-13, 2024
  • Registration details and more information will be forthcoming.

Regional Iverson Bell Symposia

Once presented biennially, the Iverson Bell Symposium is now a fixture of every AAVMC Annual Conference. Designed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout academic veterinary medicine, the meeting honors the late Iverson Bell, a towering figure in the history of veterinary medicine who served as the first Vice President of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Regional Iverson Bell symposiums are periodically presented periodically around the country.

Competency-Based Veterinary Education Workshop

The CBVE Workshop focuses on implementing a competency-based veterinary education model. This event will include the integration of components of the model, the use of EPAs, and an opportunity to discuss challenges and successes in a workshop setting. All levels of CBVE experience and expertise are welcome to attend. Registration is limited to a maximum of three educators per AAVMC institution.

  • Location: The Ohio State University
  • Dates: June 28-29, 2023
  • Registration deadline is June 9, 2023
  • More Information

Deans Leadership Conference

With origins in the 1980s, the Deans Leadership Conference provides an opportunity for deans to consider and address the issues, opportunities and challenges shaping the future of academic veterinary medicine in a focused, executive environment. In recent years, the meeting has included an Industry Leadership Panel, which provides an opportunity for corporate executives and academic leaders to exchange perspectives and ideas.

  • Location: TBA
  • Dates: January 11 – 13, 2024
  • Registration details and more information will be forthcoming.

Annual Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) Meeting

The Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) is focused on helping improve instructional practices in veterinary medical clinical education. Every year, the group convenes an annual meeting that explores and shares best practices in an area of academic veterinary medicine that helps faculty members best prepare students for clinical veterinary practice.

  • Location: The University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Dates: October 18-21, 2023
  • Registration details and more information will be forthcoming.

Veterinary Educator Symposium

The Veterinary Educator Symposium (VES) is a component of the AAVMC that fosters faculty development and promotes best practices among veterinary educators. The group presents a bi-annual conference and is open to all veterinary educators and the educationalists who support them.

  • Location: Texas Tech University
  • Dates: October 27-28, 2023
  • Registration details and more information will be forthcoming.

Veterinary Scholars Symposium

The Veterinary Scholars Symposium (VSS) was formerly known as NVSS.

Every year, with substantial support from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, AAVMC presents the event. This meeting annually highlights the essential role of scientific research in veterinary medicine and provides veterinary medical students who have conducted original research through the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program with an opportunity to formally present their research in a professional environment.

  • Location: Puerto Rico
  • Dates: August 3-5, 2023
  • Register for the meeting and submit abstracts here.

AAVMC Summer Meeting

The AAVMC’s annual Summer Meeting is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The meeting is open to all AAVMC member institution Deans and features a series of speakers sharing information on current issues and important topics in academic veterinary medicine.

  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Date: July 15, 2023

Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) Annual Meeting

AVAP, a component of the AAVMC, is a several hundred-member association of communications, fund-raising, and alumni relations officers working at AAVMC member institutions. These institutional advancement officers convene a meeting in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) which is focused on professional development and best practices.