Certificate Program Created for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

August 6, 2014

The Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, developed by the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and American Veterinary Medical Association, is a virtual resource and training center designed to provide veterinary students, professionals, and support staff with intercultural skills needed to be successful in an increasingly diverse world. On September 15, Purdue University will begin offering online certificate programs in diversity and inclusion for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, educators, and students through the Center. Additional programs and resources will be added to the virtual Center as it grows. The programs are designed for those who seek to improve their communication, leadership, teaching/learning and cultural competency skills and who are committed to fostering welcoming work and learning environments.

Human-Centered Veterinary Medicine

“At the Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, we envision an inclusive veterinary profession that is prepared to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse society. We believe that establishing a veterinary workforce where all individuals are inspired, supported, and empowered to achieve their full potential, will lead to breakthroughs in animal and public health,” says Dr. Willie Reed, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium, the broadest group of veterinary professional stakeholders ever assembled, provided strong endorsement for diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine. Their 2011 report recommended that intercultural awareness was a core competency that all veterinarians should possess because “culture and belief systems impact delivery of veterinary medical care.” 

Participants in the certificate programs will complete and reflect upon a combination of online learning modules, community engagement, and cultural experiences, to build their skill sets in navigating the diversity of generations, sexual orientation, ability, gender, race, and ethnicity. Certificates and 9 hours of continuing education credit are available upon program completion. The program will launch on September 15th, but pre-registration for groups is now available. For more information or to pre-register, go to humancenteredvetmed.org.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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