More PVM Students Earn Certificates of Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

Friday, February 28, 2020

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Dean Reed stands beside a group of students holding up their certificates
Dean Willie Reed honored seven first-year DVM students in VM 82500 at the beginning of class on February 25 for earning their Certificates of Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine: (back row, left-right) Evan Ward, Malaycia Goldsmith, Keri Anderson, and Samantha Larkin; (front row, left-right) Jenny Oberhelman, Taryn Stevens, and Elimar Ruiz Cortes.

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is recognizing a group of DVM and veterinary nursing students who recently completed their Certificates of Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Developed in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the certificate program is offered through PVM’s Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine.

Requirements for earning the certificate include cultural competency assessments, completion of a series of online modules, community service, participation in approved activities, and submission of a capstone paper detailing how the person will use the information learned through the program to strengthen diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine. All students currently enrolled at PVM are registered for the program and are required to complete the online modules. Then they may choose to complete the rest of the requirements on their own time.

First-year DVM students finish the online modules as part of the required VM 82500 class, “Current Issues in Veterinary Medicine.” Seven of the students in the DVM Class of 2023, six students in the Veterinary Nursing Class of 2020, and a fourth-year DVM student, who is away on a study abroad experience, went the extra mile to earn their Certificates of Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine by completing the additional requirements. The first-year students in VM 82500 who completed the program were recognized individually by Dean Willie Reed at the beginning of class on February 25, when he personally presented their certificates.

Congratulations to all of the following PVM students for recently completing the Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine program:

DVM Class of 2023:

  • Keri Anderson
  • Malaycia Goldsmith
  • Samantha Larkin
  • Jenny Oberhelman
  • Elimar Ruiz Cortes
  • Taryn Stevens
  • Evan Ward

DVM Class of 2020:

  • Danielle Miller

Veterinary Nursing Class of 2020:

  • Megan Allan
  • Marie Herring
  • Evelyn Foster
  • Sydni Mullet
  • Caitlin Obren
  • Erica Wright

Writer(s): Maya Sanaba, PVM Communications Intern, and Adrianne Fisch | pvmnews@purdue.edu


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