460. Wound Healing: Reckoning with the Past, Understanding the Present, and Creating the Future for a More Inclusive Veterinary Profession
Veterinary medicine is one of the least diverse professions in the U.S., with 90 percent of veterinarians identifying as white. As the nations demographics change, the veterinary profession can benefit from being a more accurate representation of pet owners and animal owners. Fostering a more diverse veterinary workforce creates a stronger feeling of inclusion and community for veterinary healthcare workers: Studies show that diversity improves the sense of morale in the workplace, which ultimately improves retention. The happier and safer healthcare workers feel in the workplace, the longer they will stay. This lecture will help attendees understand the past policies, practices, and professional culture that has contributed to the lack of diversity in the profession and enumerate some of the changes, efforts, and actions currently underway to hasten change. The speaker will illustrate how a more inclusive profession will strengthen the veterinary profession, stimulate creativity, and elevate business goals.
Dr. Courtney Campbell - Veterinary Media Correspondent | Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dr. Courtney Campbell is a veterinary surgeon, media personality, and chief creative officer of Vet Candy. He graduated in 2005 from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, after which he completed three internships and a residency training program. He became board certified in small animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgery in 2019. Dr. Campbell has been recognized with the Lily Merit Award in veterinary school, the Best Clinical Presentation at the Veterinary Orthopedic Society Meeting, and most recently an Excellence in Journalism award at the Global Pet Expo. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford and being a featured lecturer for Merck Animal Health, Dr. Campbell is also a frequent guest expert on programs such as The Doctors, Home and Family, The Real, Live with Kelly, and Rachel Ray. He is a co-host of Pet Talk, a national talk show on Nat Geo Wild; host of a pet parent education series on YouTube; and host of The Dr. Courtney Show podcast on Pet Life Radio.