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Creating Virtual Connections

Written by: Dr. Tierra Price

Original Date Posted: June 17, 2020

BlackDVM Network Digital Conference Speakers

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Digital Conference Program
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Although Covid-19 has created the challenge of adapting to a virtual format, BlackDVM Network is extremely excited to host the upcoming Digital Connections conference, a two-day virtual event connecting you to veterinary professionals from across the field! Read below to find out more information about some of our guests who will be presenting among the panel of speakers!

Dr. Quincy Hawley, DVM

Dr. Quincy Hawley is a 2013 graduate of NC State’s CVM, and has 6 years of experience working in small animal general practice. He is the co-founder of Get MotiVETed LLC, a company that provides wellbeing solutions for veterinary professionals and organizations. Get MotiVETed is best-known for its message that encourages individual veterinary professionals and veterinary organizations to take a 'no-excuses prioritization of wellbeing' approach to their lives and organization culture. He is a Certified Professional Coach, self-published self-help and fitness author. Dr. Hawley has experience coaching a variety of veterinary professionals including but not limited to veterinarians, practice managers, and various veterinary hospital support staff. To give back to the veterinary community, Dr. Hawley volunteers as the president of the NC Association of Minority Veterinarians, a 501-3c non-profit organization with a purpose of improving diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency for the profession. He also volunteers his time as a member of NC State’s CVM admissions committee, and is currently serving his 3rd term doing so. Dr. Hawley has given well over 30 talks on the subject of veterinary wellbeing at many veterinary/pre-veterinary schools, veterinary conferences, and at several veterinary hospitals. Taking his passion to teach the subject of wellbeing even further, Dr. Hawley is one of the creators and instructors of Get MotiVETed University: School of Wellbeing for Veterinary Professionals, an online platform that provides RACE-approved and non-RACE-approved veterinary-specific wellbeing content and courses. Through Get MotiVETed and Get MotiVETed University, Dr. Hawley aims to make poor veterinary well-being a thing of the past and to help veterinary professionals find inner-peace and fulfillment in their work!

Dr. Andrea Gentry-Apple, DVM

Dr. Andrea Gentry-Apple was born and raised in Columbus, OH and came to Greensboro, NC to pursue a Bachelor’s in Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At A&T, her love of animals, their health and wellbeing flourished. After graduation she was admitted into North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. As a veterinarian Dr. Gentry-Apple has been provided a multitude of opportunities to speak at conferences centered around the advancement of Minority Farmers and Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Veterinary Education and a Clinical Associate Veterinarian at North Carolina A&T State University. She also practices veterinary medicine as a relief practitioner. Dr. Gentry-Apple has a passion for the advancement of minority students within the veterinary profession and truly enjoys the impact she can make at A&T and the local community through the advancement of animal health and welfare.

Dr. Willie D. Taylor Jr., DVM

Dr. Will Taylor entered the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Comparative Medicine Branch (CMB) Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program (LAMRP) in July of 2015. He received his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has worked in large and small animal, aquatics, avian, wildlife, and exotics general practices for 10 years prior to beginning the CDC residency program. Dr. Taylor also served as a USDA/FSIS Public Health Veterinarian with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with sanitation standards and implementation of systems that prevented hazards from entering the nation’s food supply. Dr. Taylor is currently engaged in research. Dr. Taylor’s main interests include joining the growing number of veterinarians focused on advancing the humane care and responsible use of animals used in public health research.

Dr. Allen L. Cannedy, DVM

Dr. Allen L. Cannedy is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He earned an Associate degree in Arts and Science

from Germanna Community College, Bachelor of Science from Virginia State University and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. He did a Rotating Large Animal Internship at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and a Ruminant Production Medicine Residency at North Carolina State University- College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). Dr. Cannedy was a ruminant group faculty member at NCSU-CVM as a Clinical Assistant Professor from 1997 to 2000 until became the Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine. His primary duty as the veterinary college diversity director is to promote veterinary professional careers to underrepresented minority groups. Dr. Cannedy also owns and operates the small ruminant and camelid mobile veterinary private practice that specializes in care for Llamas, Alpacas, Goats and Sheep.

Dr. Priscilla Bowens, DVM, MPH, Esq

In her role as a senior corporate counsel, Dr. Priscilla Bowens helps cause-driven businesses exceed corporate, stakeholder, and societal objectives by providing regulatory reviews, leadership counsel, functional leadership, advice on commercial contracts, risk management, and compliance expertise. Her team contributions have led organizations through new territories and have been celebrated corporate-wide, receiving award-winning recognition by national and global executive leaders. Dr. Bowens has a deep interest in health, sports, nutrition, animals, and human anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. In the pursuit of innovation where diversity is highly-valued, she brings a rich background as a 14-year licensed veterinarian, internationally published public health researcher, health preparedness educator, and healthcare legal counsel. As a veterinarian, Dr. Bowens developed broad leadership experience leading diverse teams in the rigorous, compliance-based practice of veterinary care. Drawing on her medical professional background and both law firm and in-house counsel experience, she’s uniquely positioned to serve as a diplomatic liaison through skillful innovation, calculated decision making, and industry and job function knowledge. Dr. Bowens completed her Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Tuskegee University. She completed her Master of Public Health from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. She can be contacted at

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