Keynote Speaker
Biography
Michael J Blackwell, DVM, MPH Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.)

Dr. Blackwell currently serves as the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee. He is the founder of AlignCare Health, a One Health interprofessional system to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means. Dr. Blackwell chairs the NAP Veterinary Medicine Academy.

Previously, 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

During 23 years on active duty with the U.S. Public Health Service, he achieved the rank of Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral.

Dr. Blackwell has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and two Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medals. He is the 2020 recipient of the Avanzino Leadership Award and the 2021 recipient of the Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award.