The 2 organizations will work together to promote underrepresented groups in veterinary medicine
BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with the National Association of Black Veterinarians (NABV). The NABV is a network of individuals and organizations committed to advocating, providing support, and cultivating an inclusive community for Black people in veterinary medicine.
In a press release, BluePearl said its goal is to help NABV achieve its goal of promoting veterinary medicine to underrepresented groups by working with K-12 students, college students from undergraduate in pre-veterinary medicine and students in professional veterinary degree programs across the United States. To achieve this mission, NABV provides educational and experiential learning opportunities for those interested in the field. Other core NABV actions that BluePearl says its partnership will help support include providing high-quality professional development, providing a network of career-level mentoring opportunities, and providing career planning and advice to professionals and pre-professionals.
“BluePearl understands its responsibility to strengthen equity, inclusion, diversity and belonging, to discuss the importance of alliance and to encourage education and action across the board. of its practices,” said James Barr, DVM, DACVECC and chief medical officer at BluePearl. “As an industry, we can and must do more to attract more minority students to the profession, and that starts with partnerships like this. I am excited to see how our collective efforts will blaze a new trail for veterinary professionals within the BIPOC community now and in the future.
In addition to this partnership, BluePearl established an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (EI&D) Council in 2021 to serve as an associated voice, raise awareness and bring resources to its practices nationwide. Recent BluePearl EI&D Council actions include nationwide EI&D month activations (eg Pride Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month); associated selection of pronoun preferences for the organization’s database, name tags, and email signatures; and mandatory “EI&D Fundamentals” training for all current and new associates. EI&D training at BluePearl includes online educational materials, such as presentations and resource guides, to support inclusive language and practices.
“The NABV and BluePearl partnership helps us fulfill our mission of providing an avenue for Black people in veterinary medicine to advocate and engage with students through a variety of activities. By providing professional, social, academic and cultural activities, we will build lasting relationships, inspire pride and foster diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession,” said Annie J. Daniel, PhD, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Education Leadership and Professionals and Founder, NABV.
“An integral part of NABV’s veterinary medicine mission is to increase the participation of Black veterinarians, veterinary students and allies to come out into communities to teach the veterinary profession and careers. BluePearl has joined us in this mission and is committed to supporting our outreach efforts in Black communities to improve relationships between diverse people nationally and beyond.”
BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital partners with the National Association of Black Veterinarians to improve diversity in veterinary medicine. Press release. BluePearl Pet Specialty and Emergency Hospital. June 17, 2022. [email]