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VMRCVM Hosts Regional Diversity Symposium

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine hosted the third Southeastern Veterinary Student Diversity Matters Symposium on its Blacksburg campus on Sept. 14-16. This year’s theme was “More than Meets the Eye: Understanding Our Visible and Non-visible Differences.”

“The symposium gave participants an opportunity to learn more about supporting diversity in the veterinary profession,” said Dr. W. Edward Monroe, professor of internal medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and chair of the college’s diversity committee. “In particular, we focused on aspects of diversity that might not have received much attention in the veterinary medical community in the past, but nonetheless inform and enrich our experiences.”
The 2012 symposium addressed many aspects of diversity and included an overview of climate survey results, a presentation on non-visible diversities, an LGBTQ panel discussion, a workshop on how to start a VOICE chapter, and a session on providing for people with disabilities. There were also opportunities to debrief and tour our Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“Veterinarians, like other professionals, must interact with people from different backgrounds and perspectives—and often during a time of need,” said Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, dean of the veterinary college. “We hope that participants will take what they have learned at this symposium back to their campus, community, or clinic.”

The symposium rotates among the seven veterinary medical colleges in the Southeast. This is the first time that the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has hosted it.

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