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Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

Edited by Lisa M. Greenhill, Kauline Cipriani Davis, Patricia M. Lowrie, Sandra F. Amass

Publication Year: 2013

This book addresses the continued lack of the diversity in veterinary medicine, the least inclusive of all medical professions. Effective navigation of the complexity of diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine requires clear enumeration, recognition, and understanding of key issues, challenges, and opportunities. In a nation with rapidly changing demographics, public needs and expectations of the veterinary profession will continue to evolve. A more diverse scientific workforce is required to feed the veterinary profession, not just for the purposed of equity, but as necessity for its sustainability and relevance.

Published by: Purdue University Press


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Foreword: What It Means to Be Inclusive and Why It Is Imperative for the Veterinary Profession

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pp. viii-xi

In the year 2011, the veterinary profession launched a global celebration of the 250-year anniversary of veterinary medical education. Throughout the yearlong celebration many accounts of important contributions by the veterinary profession since the founding of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France, in 1761,...

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pp. xii-xiii

As we began this project, our ultimate goal was to create a resource that could be used to positively impact one of the least diverse of all health care professions, veterinary medicine. We envisioned a book that would guide the thoughtfulness of veterinary professionals and others about being inclusive. We hoped the...

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Chapter 1: The Base Map: What Is the Case for Inclusion?

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pp. 1-10

Racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, while long present in our country, has perhaps never been such a prominent issue in public policy, public opinion, and within the pages of scholarly papers and books. America’s post-slavery era resulted in numerous civil rights movements including women’s...

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Chapter 2: The Aerial Mosaic: A Historical Picture of Diversity in Veterinary Medicine

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pp. 11-30

Our changing views and actions with regard to diversity can hardly be understood except within the broad context of changes and actions within our society as a whole. We find the basic principle underlying the belief in diversity stated in the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, which states that “We...

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Chapter 3: Orientation: Looking at Strategies Utilized by Other Health Professions for Increasing Diversity

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pp. 31-40

In chapters 1 and 2, we explored the lack of diversity in the STEM disciplines at the undergraduate level, and corresponding serious implications for the DVM applicant pool. Many other professions have a long history of utilizing various strategies in an attempt to increase diversity within their academic programs. This...

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Chapter 4: Origin of Coordinates: The Dilemma of Social Constructs

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pp. 41-54

The influence of multiple personal and/or social identities on career awareness, exposure, decisions, and pathways is significant. While the diversity in representation discussion narratives are predominately about race, clearly no one characteristic or identity (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, class status, religious...

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Chapter 5: Mapping Our Future: Developing the Pipeline for a Diverse Workforce

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pp. 55-62

A Science and Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health supports a partnership among Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and public schools. Teachers develop curricula to interest students in health science careers and are provided the necessary resources to implement...

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Chapter 6: The Land-Line Adjustment: How Do We Measure Impact?

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pp. 63-78

Questions about the impact of diversity in any profession have been raised for many years. Detractors often argue that the mere differences in personal identity offer little in the way of contribution to advancing business, learning, or social interactions. Further, efforts to emphasize and enhance diversity have...

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Chapter 7: “Here Be Dragons”: Barriers to and Opportunities for Change

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pp. 79-93

Inclusiveness in veterinary medicine will ultimately entail two distinct but closely related achievements: 1) a broad-based cultural competence across the profession, and 2) an incoming stream of new entrants to the profession whose demographics with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation,...

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Chapter 8: The View at 40,000 Feet: Networking a Diverse Profession

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pp. 95-130

A diverse veterinary profession is a strong veterinary profession, strategically positioned to meet societal needs and well equipped to serve animal, human, and public health. If we are to provide the services required by the mosaic that is American society, excellence in the profession will require a workforce...

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Chapter 9: Dead Reckoning: A Call to Action

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pp. 131-136

Deliberate diversity and inclusion initiatives have been a part of veterinary medical education for nearly forty years. These efforts can be characterized as having reasonably consistent championship, very limited national and local structural frameworks, and a lack of cohesive approaches to building a sustainably...

Appendix A: Representative Summary of P-12 Programs at Schools and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

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pp. 137-142

Appendix B: Representative Summary of Undergraduate Programs at Schools and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

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pp. 143-145

Editor and Author Bios

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pp. 147-155


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pp. 157-168

E-ISBN-13: 9781612492599
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557536365

Page Count: 188
Publication Year: 2013