New nonprofit to tackle the lack of diversity in veterinary medicine

September 21, 2020
Erica Tricarico, Managing Editor

Pawsibilities connects individuals from underrepresented groups and offers mentorship opportunities.

Pawsibilities Vet Med — a brand-new nonprofit organization formed to address the diversity crisis in veterinary medicine, was officially launched today.

“We aim to increase diversity based on disability status, ethnicity, gender, non- traditional path, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and veteran status,“ according to the Pawsibilities website.

Pawsibilities is a web and mobile platform founded by Valerie Marcano, DVM, PhD, and Seth Andrews, PhD— scientists passionate about improving diversity and inclusion within the profession.

The organization’s mission is to use a values-driven approach to mentorship to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups. Pawsibilities will also equip community leaders with adequate resources to ensure long-term sustainable success.

“This fantastic organization aims to showcase veterinarians from a variety of backgrounds. My goal as a mentor is to show others that anyone can be in the veterinary field. The human-animal bond is powerful, and we need everyone to help raise awareness about it,” says dvm360 Chief Veterinary Officer Adam Christman, DVM, MBA.

Pawsibilities is open to all pre-veterinary and veterinary students, technicians, and veterinarians from underrepresented backgrounds.

Follow these 3 easy steps to join:

  1. Complete a 2-hour mentoring program, which includes information about Pawsibilities, mentoring, diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can access this training here.
  2. Take this quiz​.
  3. Make a profile here.

To learn more, go here.