December 01, 2013


 All good things must come to an end

Posted Nov. 20, 2013



What a year it’s been for the AVMA, which celebrated 150 years in 2013.

In recognition of the Association’s sesquicentennial and the important work that veterinarians do every day, 26 states issued proclamations. And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared July 23, 2013, to be American Veterinary Medical Association Day in the city during the AVMA Annual Convention there.

Also during the convention came the debut of “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” which was created by the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with the AVMA and Zoetis. Housed in a mini-museum inside an expandable 18-wheeler, the exhibition introduces visitors to the human-animal bond.

The Smithsonian exhibition visited Washington, D.C., in late October and is slated to begin a nationwide tour in 2014. More information can be found here.

Another exhibit (pictured), titled “History of the AVMA” and created in honor of the 150th anniversary, appeared at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in January 2013 and the AVMA convention in July. Dr. Fred Born (right), Susanne Whitaker, and Dr. Howard Erickson, members of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, spent months putting together the 4-foot by 8-foot, 43-panel tabletop display that highlighted the Association’s accomplishments since its inception.