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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.
  • The call for Annual Conference Abstracts is open and requested through September 26th. Learn more about the topics, and please submit here.

Academic Leadership and Professional Development Meetings

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.

  • Location: Jupiter Beach Resort – Jupiter, FL
  • Dates: January 11-13, 2024
  • Registration will open in November 2023. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Ingalls at

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.

Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) Annual Meeting

AVAP 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.

  • Location: Residence Inn Austin Downtown Convention Center
  • Dates: June 19-21, 2024

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: Austin, TX
  • Date: June 22, 2024

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.

  • Dates: August 8 – 10, 2024
  • More information and registration details 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 are available here.

Veterinary Educator Symposium (VES)

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

The Consortium on Workplace-Based Education and Learning (COWBEL)

COWBEL is a group of veterinary institutions involved in veterinary distributed clinical education. COWBEL is a member-supported group with members from the US, Canada, and the UK. More information is available at You are cordially invited to attend the COWBEL meeting after VES to learn more about veterinary distributed education and COWBEL.

Location: Texas Tech University

For questions about the COWBEL meeting, contact