Indianapolis Conferences Offer Something for Everyone
Posted July 31, 2017
CVM employees listen to a speaker during the Association of
Veterinary Advancement Professionals Conference.
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences professionals from a variety of backgrounds converged at
Indianapolis for the Association of Veterinary Advancement
Professionals (AVAP) and American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA) conferences.
Development officers Chasity Carrigan, Bubba Woytek, Eliana
Brown, Linzy Woolf, and Monika Blackwell and CVM executive director
of communications, media, and public relations
Megan Palsa attended the three-day AVAP conference from July
The AVAP is an organization of development, public relations,
and alumni relations professionals that seeks to promote the
success of veterinary medical education through the professional
development of its membership.
sessions included presentations by Lynne Wester, of the University
of Texas at Austin; Bill Stanczykiewicz,
director of The Fund Raising School and senior lecturer in
philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School
of Philanthropy; Leslie Carmona, director of donor relations at
Wayne State University; and Courtney Downey, director of alumni,
donor, and public relations at Purdue University.
The CVM group had presentations from the Indianapolis Zoo, a
trip to a local horse racing track, and opportunities to network
with colleagues from across the country.
CVM veterinary professionals and administrators also were on hand
for the AVMA Convention from July 21-25, which offered five days of
continuing education sessions, hands-on learning, and interactive
Aggies enjoy conversation during the July 25 AVMA Alumni
The conference keynote speaker was paleontologist, explorer, and
champion of One Health Paul Sereno, who discussed “Insights for One
Health from Centuries and Millennia Past.”
A variety of panels were offered on companion animal medicine,
food animal/equine medicine, practice management, veterinary
technology, public and corporate practice, and other hot
Attendee also had the chance to explore new products and
services from many exhibitors and participate in extracurricular
events and networking opportunities.
The CVM wrapped up the conference with the annual AVMA Alumni
Reception, at The Tin Roof, where guests were treated to good food,
conversation, and live music. It was a great opportunity to network
with fellow Aggie veterinarians and their families.
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