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The power of empowerment: embracing diversity in veterinary medicine

Kansas City

Courtney Campbell, DVM, DACVS-SA, and Vernard Hodges, DVM, on harnessing individual strengths to advance access to care and embrace diversity

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At the recent Fetch dvm360® Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, DVM, DACVS-SA, and Vernard Hodges, DVM presented a session titled “Kaleidoscope Reflections - Harnessing Your Inner Passions to Embrace Diversity and Access to Care.” They shared their insights on the importance of access to veterinary care and the role of individual empowerment in advancing the field.1

Campbell emphasized the importance of empowerment, teamwork, and access to care in the veterinary profession. He believes that every veterinary professional has unique talents that can be harnessed to advance veterinary medicine and increase access to care. He stressed that access to care is more than just geographical proximity; it’s about creating a welcoming environment for people seeking veterinary care.

Campbell also highlighted the importance of personal stories in driving change, stating that veterinary medicine is not just a profession, but a "verb that is constantly in motion." He encouraged attendees to leverage their unique talents and strengths to move the profession forward.

Hodges spokeon the power of partnership and unity in making a difference in veterinary medicine. He shared his mantra, “If not me, then who?” emphasizing that every veterinary professional can contribute to change.

One of his most memorable moments was when an attendee expressed their desire to make a difference and asked how they could partner with him to do so. Hodges said that he believes that harnessing our differences can lead to significant impacts in the field.

Both Hodges and Campbell demonstrated that they are firm believers in the power of individuals to make a difference, whether on a large scale or through everyday interactions in the practice. They encouraged everyone in the profession to harness their unique talents and strengths to advance veterinary medicine and increase access to care.


  1. Campbell C, Hodges V. Kaleidoscope Reflections - Harnessing Your Inner Passions to Embrace Diversity and Access to Care. Presented at: Fetch dvm360 Conference; Kansas City, MO. August 25-27, 2023.
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