Washington - A dedicated proponent of racial and ethnic diversity in veterinary medicine has won the 2007 Iverson Bell Award.
WASHINGTON — A dedicated proponent of racial and ethnic diversity in veterinary medicine has won the 2007 Iverson Bell Award.
That's how Dr. Deborah Kochevar, dean of Tufts University's veterinary program, characterizes Dr. Halcyon Watkins, her nominee for the annual honor.
For 20 years, Watkins served as professor, mentor, program leader, adviser and counselor to underrepresented students at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college in the Texas A&M University system. Backers consider Watkins a major contributor to creating a pipeline to bring underrepresented students into veterinary medicine.
The award will be presented to Watkins on March 2 during the 16th Iverson Bell Symposium in Washington. The event is the oldest symposium in veterinary medicine dedicated to promoting racial and ethnic diversity. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges hosts the program. To register, visit www.aavmc.org.