Houston, TX / April 12-14
The demographic composition of the U.S. is rapidly shifting, so that people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds will soon become the numerical and economic majority. Veterinarians are serving an increasingly diverse population of pet owners and employing a more diverse staff. Despite these changes, veterinary medicine remains one of the most homogenous professions. Commitment to diversity and inclusion principles means having respect and appreciation for people of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, religions, educational backgrounds, national origin, political beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
As association executives, we have an obligation to demonstrate best practices in diversity and inclusion and to help our members do the same. Assisting members in being culturally sensitive with the ability to work with people and pet owners from all backgrounds is critical as an objective in helping veterinarians succeed, both personally and financially. Developing greater cultural humility can create more effective and satisfied veterinary teams, increase the number of pets that receive healthcare services, improve health outcomes and quality of care, and increase veterinarians’ standing within local communities. Serving greater numbers of diverse pet owners may also help to attract individuals from underrepresented groups to apply to veterinary school.
In this workshop, we’ll learn how to foster inclusive cultures where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities, and ways of living are welcomed and leveraged for learning and for informing better business decisions – in our own organizations and in veterinary practice. To give us a platform from which to work, we’ll start by learning diversity and inclusion concepts. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about certain groups of people. Being outside of our conscious awareness, these beliefs are often incompatible with our conscious values. We’ll develop an understanding of how this plays out when we work with or serve others.
By the end of the workshop, we’ll have developed concrete tools to take home and implement within our organizations and to carry forward with our members. These concrete tools will allow us to do our part to ensure diversity and inclusion principles are at the foundation of long-term success of the veterinary profession.
Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity, AAVMC
Chief Medical Officer, VP Veterinary Medical Services & Outcomes Research, Zoetis
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Associate Dean for Professional Programs, Texas A&M University
Principal Consultant, Diversity Dimensions Consulting
CEO, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
1070 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002
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