Online resources bring diversity into focus

If veterinarians are going to remain credible and productive, if we are to maintain our influence and protect our income, we need to continue to evolve and heighten our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We need to be visionary. We need to embrace all of those around us.

It sounds great – and simple enough, too. But doing so isn’t always easy. That’s why the AVMA has created a Diversity and Inclusion area on our website. We hope you find the books, journal articles, videos, personal accounts and links to other organizations useful as you learn how and why diversity and inclusion efforts can make your work place a more vital, resilient and thriving environment. And, if you’re an AVMA or SAVMA member and want to connect with colleagues in an ongoing, online conversation on diversity and inclusion issues, initiatives and ideas, we invite you to join our Access and Opportunity in Veterinary Medicine LinkedIn group.

4 thoughts on “Online resources bring diversity into focus

  1. It seems the diversity industry is alive and well and targeting veterinary medicine as it has medical and dental schools. Do we really need to spend money on diversity directors to tell us in order to help Hispanic clients it would be a good idea to have a Spanish speaking person on staff in areas with a large Hispanic population? Veterinarians have enough intelligence to figure that out on their own. Most veterinarians I know also try to attract all young people whose animals they treat into the profession. I ask all children no matter what color of ethnic background to listen to their dog’s heart in an attempt to interest them in veterinary medicine.
    It is an insult to the profession to assume we discriminate in hiring or treat certain clients differently because of race.
    The dark side of the diversity movement in the AVMA is the overt movement for affirmative action. Diversity has become a code word for affirmative action or reverse discrimination. On the pages of JAVMA were quotes from Ms Greenhill and others stating that clients want to see someone who looks like them on the other side of the exam table. What? One would think they want someone competent on the other side of the example table no matter what he or she looks like. And of course the old arguments about how standardized tests and grades should not a primary factor in admission decisions have been front and center during the annual diversity meetings.
    The profession should admit people to veterinary college based on their qualifications (grades and test performance) and integrity not on the color of their skin. I believe Martin Luther King said as much in his famous speech in Washington DC 50 years ago.

    • Hi Sal! I totally understand why you think it’s unfair to take diversity into consideraton when admitting people. And I believe you must be really diligent and deserve what you got. Because whoever thinks qualifications and integrity come first would expect others to value them by these criterion and they would work really hard on these.
      However, do you think we are not as hardworking as you are? I’m a vet student from China. I’ve never seen (not to mention manipulating) a digital X-ray machine. I can’t even imagin one day there will be a CT or MRI or other specialized equipment at our teaching hospital for us to use. And with respect to class, we don’t have animal models to practise. All we have is textbooks and the professors’ powerpoints. We mignt not be as qualified as you are, but we are no less diligent than you are. Last year, 2 students from our vet school were picked to study at Kansas State U. and they are top students there. There’s no question that you count your success on your own because there are people under the same condition turning out to be not as good as you are. But as to unsuccess, many factors are working on it. So diversity is trying to reduce this objective difference and to make individual factors dominate more.