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New nonprofit to tackle the lack of diversity in veterinary medicine
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:
- Complete a 2-hour mentoring program, which includes information about Pawsibilities, mentoring, diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can access this training here.
- Take this quiz.
- Make a profile here.
To learn more, go here.