A brighter and more inclusive future for veterinary medicine

December 7, 2020
dvm360 Staff

The VHMA seeks to promote excellence in the veterinary field by opening the pipeline towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive profession.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) recently announced that it will serve on the newly-launched Commission for a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Veterinary Profession. This commission was organized by both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Other participants include leading veterinary organizations dedicated to promoting social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DEI).

Dedicated to uplifting veterinary management professionals through education, certification, resources, and networking, the VHMA entered this unique opportunity to diversify and broaden the veterinary medicine experience. In time, this will help create a more diverse clientele base, thus improving the health and wellbeing of all patients, according to a VHMA press release.

With a core mission to promote change, the commission established outcomes for short-, medium- and long-term timeframes. Their plans are as follows:

  • Boost the importance of DEI in the veterinary industry.
  • Increase diversity among veterinary professionals, student applicants, enrollees, interns, residents, and board-certified specialists.
  • Uplift and assist veterinary medical associations and animal health companies with measuring and improving DEI.

“VHMA is an association that strives to be welcoming and responsive to the needs and concerns of our members, the industry, and society,” says VHMA Executive Director Christine Shupe, in the release. “Serving on this commission is a great opportunity to be immersed in a long-overdue conversation that will spearhead change and promote action. VHMA is honored to play a role.”