Fetch dvm360 hosts its first student diversity panel

October 2, 2020

Four students weigh in on diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary school, and share their own unique journey to veterinary medicine.

Diversity is a hot topic in veterinary medicine, not only in professional circles but also among students. The Fetch dvm360 virtual conference in late August included a panel discussion among 4 veterinary students who shared their thoughts on diversity, equity, and inclusion and offered some strategies to make the profession more accessible to all people despite their socioeconomic status, race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, or sexual orientation.

The panel, hosted by Christopher Hollingsworth, a third-year student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, also featured third-year veterinary student Laci Taylor, and second-year veterinary student Mariacamila Garcia Estrella, also at Cornell, as well as Hadiyah Edwards, a third-year student at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

All of the panelists shared the challenges they've faced as minorities at their veterinary schools, such as the lack of representation, lack of exposure to the field before veterinary school, and professors who have misinterpreted their cultural differences and different learning styles as a lack of ability to complete the program.

They also talked about the importance of mandatory diversity training for students and faculty, and why there should be zero tolerance for racist and culturally insensitive comments and behaviors in veterinary schools and practices.

To watch the full thought-provoking conversation, click on the video below.

Stay tuned on social media for details about our second diversity panel discussion, to be held during the November Fetch dvm360 virtual conference.

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