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PVM Fall Conference Expands Diversity Awareness

The PVM Fall Conference included a diversity track that offered several perspectives on diversity and the veterinary profession. Co-sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition and Pfizer Animal Health, the track featured a series of presentations by three speakers.

Lisa Greenhill, associate executive director for institutional research and diversity at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), spoke on the topic, "Diversity & Veterinary Medicine: The Reality and Relevance." She addressed the relevance and impact of social and cultural diversity on the veterinary profession and specifically on different areas of practice. The session also included primer information on diversity concepts and their applicability to the promotion of a diverse profession well positioned to meet societal and global needs.

Pat Lowrie, assistant to the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Women's Resource Center at Michigan State University, shared concepts about linking business plan objectives to diversity and inclusion as she led a lively discussion on the topic, "I've heard it! I think I get it! BUT what does that have to do with me?"

Malcolm Kram, associate veterinarian at Lums Pond Animal Hospital in Bear, Del., gave a presentation entitled, "Inclusion, The Poverty of Knowledge," which included discussion about how the lack of inclusiveness in the workforce is a problem that affects sustainability. Customer loyalties relate directly to their comfort level and clients and staff are willing to share more information in a welcoming environment.