AVMA to celebrate 150 years with eventful 2013

The AVMA has big plans for its 150th anniversary celebration, and they include a healthy dose of educational events and community outreach.

According to a news release from the AVMA, the association has several projects and events lined up in 2013 to commemorate the anniversary, beginning with the Jan. 21 publishing date for its new book titled “The AVMA: 150 years of Education, Science and Service.” The book chronicles the association’s evolution and progress since its formation in 1863.

Other events planned for the year include:

  • A 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibit developed in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution that will visit 75 cities nationwide over two years. The exhibit explores veterinary research innovations and also presents visitors with information about human-animal relationships.
  • An annual convention featuring special events such as a one-day symposium called “Understanding Our Past to Transform Our Future.” During this event, eight veterinary students will speak to convention attendees and also receive scholarship awards from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
  • Profiles of 12 “legends in U.S. veterinary medicine” that will be published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).

AVMA President Dr. Douglas G. Aspros said the celebrations during the year will make sure to focus on the members who founded the organization, as well as those who continue to usher it into the future of veterinary medicine.

“I’m extremely proud that the AVMA is turning 150 this year, but even more than that I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments of our members over the past 150 years,” Aspros said.

Visit the AVMA website for more information about the anniversary schedule.