Washington, D.C., February 7, 2017 – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Allen Cannedy from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) as the recipient of the 2017 Iverson Bell Award. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting opportunities for under-represented minorities in veterinary medical education.
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"The AAVMC is pleased to recognize outstanding educators and researchers through our annual awards program," said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "The people who earn these awards are true paragons of professional excellence in academic veterinary medicine. They make extraordinary contributions to the world around them, and they inspire others with their achievements.”
Dr. Cannedy is responsible for securing over $800,000 in diversity-related scholarship funds for under-represented veterinary students at the college, where he lectures, recruits, mentors and advises students. He has developed numerous innovative programs to promote diversity and inclusion throughout his institution and the profession. Thanks to his efforts, one of NC State CVM’s current classes is the most diverse in the school’s history, with 29 percent minority student enrollment slated to graduate in 2019.
In nominating Dr. Cannedy for the award, Dr. Peter Cowen, NCSU associate professor of epidemiology and public health, called him a “quiet visionary” with a “steady, never miss an opportunity, never accept setbacks ethos that has yielded tangible results.”
He served as president of the North Carolina Association of Minority Veterinarians for 10 years, has served as a member of the AAVMC’s Diversity Committee for the past 16 years, and was chosen to participate in a White House expert meeting in 2015, representing the veterinary profession.
Prior to becoming director of diversity and multicultural affairs, he served as a ruminant group faculty member from 1997-2000. In addition to his current responsibilities, he owns and operates a small ruminant and camelid mobile veterinary private practice that specializes in care for llamas, alpacas, goats and sheep.
Dr. Cannedy earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.
His award will officially be presented at the AAVMC's 2017 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 10-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.
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