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A Note From Kimberly Young, President of the Animal Health Corridor

by Danni Hammontree | Jul 06, 2020

Kim headshotPivot. Connect. Advance. Repeat.

Change is scary, necessary, hopeful, stressful; it is happening now, it is all around us. 2020 marks 15 years since the establishment of the Corridor. We are proud of our foundation but remain steadfastly focused on the future to ensure the Corridor is uniting and advancing the industry and strengthening the ties that bind us. 

In March, when our industry was grappling with stay-at-home orders and the personal, professional and societal impacts of COVID-19, the Corridor knew it was vital to work across all segments of animal health to unify our voice for maintaining the health of animals. We worked with the companies on the Corridor Board, Animal Health Institute, United Veterinary Services Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Elanco and Zoetis to prepare a collaborative response outlining the essential functions for maintaining the health of animals. It is in these pivotal moments that the industry needs a unified voice and strategy.

The Corridor’s mission of bringing the industry together to speak with one voice around shared values in workforce, public policy and innovation will remain, and we will expand our business plan in workforce development to play a more active role in developing a diverse pool of future talent. In the fall of 2020, the Corridor will work with regional partners to begin the process of establishing a Junior MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) chapter. The local Corridor chapter will focus on connecting high school students from regional urban and rural school districts for networking and leadership training, as well as introducing them to industry speakers to open students’ eyes to all of the opportunities within animal health. Together we can help change the face of the next generation of industry pacesetters. 

Leadership and industry connectivity are at the heart of the Corridor. For us, being socially distant, doesn’t have to mean disconnected. That's why we repositioned our annual events into a single Digital Animal Health Summit that brings together innovators, thinkers and learners from across the globe. The foundational event elements – emerging company presentations, data from the experts, networking meet-ups – are accentuated by new features, like thought-provoking webinars and intimate chats with industry leaders. The flexibility of the Summit opens the door for more attendees to interact and engage at a time when each of us is needed to seize the moment for positive change. View full details and register today!

Pivot. Connect. Advance. Repeat. 2020 has challenged us all, but the industry’s commitment to the health of animals has remained. It is the reason we wake up in the morning, go to work, innovate, create and lead. It is what drives us to work together to solve big, global problems. It is what binds us together to work and speak with one voice.

I hope to connect with each of you during the 2020 Digital Animal Health Summit; we need to remain connected as we work to advance the industry.

This Bond is our mission – let’s make it even stronger.

Kimberly Young
President
Animal Health Corridor

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