Washington, D.C., January 27, 2015– The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced today that Dr. K. Paige Carmichael, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor and Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (UGACVM), is the recipient of the 2015 Iverson Bell Award.
| Dr. K. Paige Carmichael
Photo: Chris Herron, UGA College of Vet Med
The award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting opportunities for underrepresented minorities in veterinary medical education. The AAVMC will present the award during the association’s 2015 Annual Conference on Friday, March 13, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Carmichael served as the associate dean for academic affairs for eight years at the UGACVM and she has authored or co-authored several successful grant proposals to address the recruitment of underrepresented groups in academic veterinary medicine.
She created the college’s VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program), which works to recruit young underrepresented minority students with an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also mentors students and early career faculty and facilitates the development of student diversity groups.
While an assistant professor for the college, Dr. Carmichael started the “Dog Doctors” Outreach Program. This project, initially funded by a competitive grant through the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and then by the College of Veterinary Medicine, reached out to elementary school students in Georgia from groups that are under-represented in veterinary medicine, telling them about the variety of career paths available in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Carmichael speaks often on minority opportunities in veterinary medicine and is broadly recognized as a national leader in the recruitment of underrepresented students and diversity issues. She also collaborated with Dr. Lisa Greenhill, the AAVMC's associate executive director for Institutional Research and Diversity, on a pioneering study to assess campus climate with respect to diversity at each U.S. school or college of veterinary medicine.
“(Dr. Carmichael) 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,” UGACVM Dean Sheila Allen wrote in nominating Carmichael for the award. During Carmichael’s tenure as associate dean for academic affairs, according to Allen, the percentage of underrepresented minority students in the UGACVM’s DVM program doubled over a five-year period.
Other nominators described Carmichael as “a champion of diversity and acceptance,” and praised her for her poise, inspiration, and commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion, which extends from providing individual attention to students who might be marginalized, or promoting groups such as the UGACVM chapter of VOICE (Veterinary students as One In Culture and Ethnicity) and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) groups.
Dr. Carmichael earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where she also completed her residency. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine: www.aavmc.org
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