2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
What: Potter League for Animals’ 2020 Annual Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 28th at 6pm
Where: Virtually on Zoom
Potter League for Animals’ year end review and special presentation on “Equitable Access to Veterinary Care” by Dr. Michael Blackwell, Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity in the Center for Behavioral Health Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Out of an abundance of caution, our annual meeting will be in a virtual format. While we will miss seeing each other in person, a virtual format allows our Board of Directors, staff, guests and community to participate regardless of safety concerns, location, or time zone.
Dr. Michael Blackwell
A life of public service is what exemplifies Dr. Michael Blackwell. Like his father, he earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University.
Dr. Blackwell currently serves as the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity in the Center for Behavioral Health Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His mission is to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means.
Previous to this position, Dr. Blackwell served as:
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee
Chief of Staff, Office of the Surgeon General of the United States
Deputy Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration
Chief Veterinary Officer, U.S. Public Health Service, and
Chief Veterinary Officer, The Humane Society of the United States.
During 23 years on active duty, he achieved the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral) of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Also, he owned and operated private veterinary practices in Oklahoma and Maryland.
Dr. Blackwell has received numerous awards and recognitions, most notably, the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal (which is the highest personal honor award), and the Meritorious Service Medal (the second highest personal honor award). He also twice received the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal.