BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital Partners with the National Association of Black Veterinarians to Improve Diversity in Veterinary Medicine
This partnership helps NABV achieve its goal of fostering diversity in the field by providing a way for Black people to engage with veterinary professionals in professional, social, academic, and cultural settings.
TAMPA, Florida., June 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — BluePearl Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospitala leading provider of advanced veterinary care with more than 100 practices nationwide, today announced that it is now a partner of 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. Through this partnership, BluePearl is helping NABV achieve its goal of fostering diversity in the field by providing a way for Black people to engage with veterinary professionals in professional, social, academic, and cultural settings.
“BluePearl understands its responsibility to strengthen equity, inclusion, diversity and belonging, to discuss the importance of alliance and to encourage education and action in all of its practices. “, said Dr. James Barre, 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’m excited to see how our collective efforts will blaze a new trail. for veterinary professionals within the BIPOC community both now and in the future.”
BluePearl will help NABV achieve its goal of promoting veterinary medicine to underrepresented groups by working with K-12 students, pre-vet undergraduate students, and students in degree programs. professional veterinarian across the United States, providing educational and experiential learning opportunities for those interested in the field. Other key NABV actions that BluePearl’s partnership will help support include:
Provide quality professional development
Provide a network of mentorship opportunities
Provide career planning and advice to professionals and pre-professionals
“The NABV and BluePearl partnership helps us fulfill our mission of providing a way 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, instill pride and foster diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession,” said Annie J. Daniel, PhD, Founder and CEO, 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.”
In addition to this recent action, in 2021 BluePearl established an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council to serve as an associated voice, raise awareness and bring resources to its practices nationwide. Recent BluePearl EI&D Council actions include national EI&D month activations (e.g. Pride Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month), selection of related pronoun preferences for the organization‘s database, badges and email signatures, and “EI&D Training Fundamentals” required 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.
About BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital
Founded in 1996, BluePearl is now one of the largest specialty and emergency veterinary practices in the United States. BluePearl has over 100 hospitals in 29 states that collectively employ over 7,000 associates, including over 1,330 veterinarians, over 1,600 veterinary technicians and over 4,100 other professionals. Each year, our compassionate teams provide high quality care to over 1.1 million pets and their families. BluePearl clinicians also participate in clinical studies to discover new treatments and procedures that improve pet health. As a member of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, BluePearl is committed to achieving its purpose – A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® – because companion animals create a better world for us. Learn more about BluePearlVet.com.
Laura FournotisBluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, 813.327.6937, [email protected]
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