Students Recognized for Certificate Program Completion

Friday, March 29, 2019

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Recipients of the completion certifcate pose for a group photo
Students recognized March 26 for completing the requirements for the Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine: (front row, left – right) Shirissa Thompson, Asia Fernandes, Natalia Amaral Marrero, and Zoe Albert; (back row, left – right) Gayatri Mazgaonkar, Blair Hooser, Akila Bryant, Leah Douglas, and Taylor Bolinger. (Not pictured: Evan Carter-Taylor, Karla Rodriguez Garcia, and Teilor Ruff)

Congratulations are in order for a dozen PVM students who were recognized for completion of the requirements for the Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Dean Willie Reed presented the certificates Tuesday morning, March 26, during VM 82500 in Lynn 1136, and expressed his appreciation for the students’ hard work in completing the program.

The recipients honored were:

  • Zoe Albert (DVM Class of 2022)
  • Natalia Amaral Marrero (DVM Class of 2022)
  • Taylor Bolinger (DVM Class of 2022)
  • Akila Bryant (DVM Class of 2022)
  • Evan Carter-Taylor (DVM Class of 2021)
  • Leah Douglas (DVM Class of 2022)
  • Asia Fernandes (DVM Class of 2020)
  • Blair Hooser (DVM Class of 2021)
  • Gayatri Mazgaonkar (DVM Class of 2021)
  • Karla Rodriguez Garcia (DVM Class of 2019)
  • Teilor Ruff (DVM Class of 2022)
  • Shirissa Thompson (DVM Class of 2022)

The certificate program, which is presented through Purdue University’s Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, is designed for people with demanding schedules and combines distance learning, life experiences, and written reflections. Nearly 300 individuals from 27 colleges of veterinary medicine have completed the certificate program, which is open to faculty, staff, students, and practicing veterinary professionals.

Click here to visit the Human-Centered Veterinary Medicine website for a program overview.  The certificate is available to all PVM faculty, staff, and students free of charge. For questions or help signing up, contact

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