Each day, our world is growing smaller, more complex and more diverse. That’s why the AVMA has increased its presence on the international veterinary scene. It’s also the reason why the association is dedicating more time and resources to advancing diversity in the veterinary profession.
To strengthen the AVMA’s role in global veterinary affairs, and in an effort to enhance diversity in the veterinary profession, the association recently created a new staff position that focuses on both issues.
The AVMA’s associate director for international and diversity initiatives is responsible for planning and coordinating international and diversity-related activities for the association. Dr. Beth Sabin, formerly of the AVMA’s Education and Research Division, took the reins of the new position last month. As the former staff coordinator of international affairs, Dr. Sabin has already established many professional relationships with veterinary colleagues across the globe, from Europe to Asia and the Middle East.
“Efforts to ensure that the U.S. veterinary profession’s voice is heard in the international arena are intimately connected to the AVMA’s national efforts to advance its strategic plan and to propel veterinary medicine into the heart of the 21st Century,” Dr. Sabin said. “Just as the issues we face globally are becoming more diverse, the face of our country itself is also changing in many ways. The creation of this new position reflects the AVMA’s commitment to assuming a vital position and playing a major role in helping our world and our nation adapt to dramatically changing times.”