Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Hosts 56th Virtual Symposium and Celebrates Greatest Reunion Class Donations

April 26, 2022

TU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1972

TU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1997
TU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1997

Contact: Anissa Riley, Director of External Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) welcomed alumni, students, faculty, staff, pre-vet students, friends and supporters to its 56th Annual Veterinary Medicine Symposium held on a virtual platform from March 23-25, 2022. This year’s symposium marked the third year that TUCVM has transitioned from a traditional veterinary symposium to a virtual platform due to the pandemic.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Veterinary Medicine Preparing for a Post-Pandemic World: New Norms, Mental Health and Innovation”. It was timely and underscores the commitment of the university, college and TUCVM partners to navigating the new normal and engaging all stakeholders to work together to have the best practices needed to maintain the TUCVM legacy of prepare students to become career-ready veterinary medical professionals.

Although the college had hoped circumstances would have permitted a traditional in-person gathering this year, for the safety of all attendees, it was decided to be held virtually again. The symposium was endorsed by RACE® where attendees had the opportunity to fully participate in various sessions from pre-recorded or real-time presentations and earn up to 20 continuing education credit units.

A combination of a professional conference and an alumni reunion was experienced virtually by attendees who heard speakers on large and small animal research, uniform services, public health, animal medicine laboratory animals, human-animal relationships and pathology topics as well as presentations from the perspective of trainees. Networking opportunities and opportunities to interact with symposium sponsors and exhibitors were also provided. This year’s format also included sessions for pre-vet students hosted by the college’s Office of Veterinary Admissions and Recruitment.

The keynote speaker for the opening general session, Barney S. Graham, MD, Ph.D., gave an exciting and dynamic presentation in keeping with this year’s theme. He spoke about “Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development and the Future of Vaccinology” on March 24. Dr. Graham is a world-renowned immunologist and former Deputy Director of the NIAID Vaccine Research Center, NIH.

Dr. Eric Coleman, a two-time graduate of Tuskegee University, received his BS in Biology in 1986 and his DVM in 1991. Dr. Coleman was TS Williams’ lecturer and his presentation illustrated the legacy of the late Dr. TS Williams, Dean Emeritus of the College. Dr. Coleman is a member of the 2022 White House Leadership Development Program, and in his current role, he collaborates globally to strengthen national security, advance foreign policy goals, and strengthen response preparedness. emergency.

“I want to give special thanks to our industry partners, loyal sponsors, community supporters, and friends at our college and university who helped ensure that we put on another well-planned 2022 Veterinary Medicine Symposium. and exceptional with exceptional speakers,” said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, dean of the college.

The culminating event, the annual Alumni Banquet, was also celebrated in a virtual format in which each of the classes in the reunion were recognized as their class video presentation was shared for all to view and enjoy. Homecoming classes honored this year for the 56th Annual Veterinary Medicine Symposium included: 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 (50th year – gold class)1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 (25th year – silver class)2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

“The annual veterinary medical symposium is our biggest fundraising event. Our Reunion classes have done a phenomenal job of giving back. We raised a total of $263,269.00 with more to come. As an alumnus, I am especially grateful to my Reunion Class of 1977 for donating $122,022 at this year’s symposium, which was the highest amount in our history for a Reunion Class donation. individual. I often brag about the strength of our alumni and their commitment to the success of our college not only by making philanthropic contributions, but also by serving as mentors and advocates for our veterinary students and faculty educators. Our alumni are one of the major pillars of our college for which I am grateful! said Dr. Perry.

TUCVM looks forward to holding the 57th Annual Veterinary Symposium hopefully in person March 22-25, 2023 where we will honor the upcoming Reunion Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973 (50th Grade – Gold Class) , 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 (25th year – silver class), 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018. The college challenges next year’s reunion classes of 3 and 8 to beat the amount of donations this year to help maintain the legacy of TUCVM!

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