October 15, 2013

The members of EMBRACE, an Employee Resource Group at Novartis Animal Health in Greensboro, North Carolina will be hosting our first Veterinary Symposium focused on minorities in veterinary and agricultural sciences. The event will provide attendees an introduction to the Novartis product portfolio, a Continuing Education accredited course, networking opportunities for students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina State University, and presentation of the first annual EMBRACE scholarship awards.

We are elated to extend an invitation to you to be a part of these activities. The event will focus on educating the students and veterinarians on how valuable this initiative can be and to share some career successes. The theme for this event is “Explore, Educate and Excel.” The symposium will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the offices of Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. in Greensboro.

Empowering Minorities to Build, Reflect, Aspire, Collaborate and Excel (EMBRACE) is committed to investing in the future of Novartis by providing visible leadership with core values that include partnering and giving back to the community. This is the beginning of a new initiative for EMBRACE and while we are excited, we hope to raise the interest of those in attendance to perhaps inspire others to have a career in animal health.

In the past months, EMBRACE has partnered with MANRRS organizations at two area universities and offered a scholarship opportunity to students majoring in veterinary and agricultural sciences. These students submitted essays on one of three different topics as they relate to the Animal Health business.

Novartis will award six (6) scholarships to minority students from these  MANRRS chapters. We will also offer a CE accredited course titled “Flea Biology Control” for the veterinarians in attendance as well as for the students who would like to participate.

We will begin the program at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Lunch will follow for all who wish to join us. The entire Veterinary Symposium will be held in the Interceptor Lounge on the second floor of the Novartis suite of offices in the Signature Place building at Friendly Center.

If you are able to join us, please contact Darrin Smith at 336-387-1329 or email him at Email Darrin by Friday, November 1, 2013. If you know other minority veterinarians in the North Carolina area who may like to attend, contact Darrin so we can extend them an invitation.

We look forward to having you join us for this memorable occasion.


Charles Burks, Myra Davis, Andrea Smith
Co-Chairpersons of EMBRACE
Folkert Kamphuis, North America, General Manager