November 4, 2021
Categories: Announcements, Events
Michael Blackwell Avanzino Award Recipient

Join us on Wednesday, November 10 at 12PM PT / 3PM ET for a 60-minute Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Dr. Michael J. Blackwell, DVM, MPH.

As the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity, College of Social Work, at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Blackwell’s self-professed mission is to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means. He also chairs the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition.

Dr. Blackwell made history as the first veterinarian to be appointed chief of staff for the Office of the Surgeon General. His professional accomplishments, which span private practice, public health, and education, exemplify the vital roles of veterinarians in society.

In this discussion with Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team member Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Dr. Blackwell reflects on growing up in the segregated south and his eye-opening moment when the critical connection between humans and animals became his life calling.

Register now for the conversation and then be sure to join us on Maddie’s® Pet Forum for a discussion. afterwards.