In this special episode, our Chief Scientific Officer Indu Mani, DVM, DSc, has an impactful conversation about our profession with Ruby Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVR, dean of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Perry experienced desegregation in the southern United States as a child, and those uncomfortable lessons served her as she entered and advanced in veterinary medicine—the least diverse field of healthcare. Dr. Perry shares some of what she’s learned about working to make our profession reflect the diverse public it serves, listening to the next generation, and not running from discomfort.
Change and progress are uncomfortable—embrace the discomfort, if you can.
There are mentors, advocates, and champions wherever you go; try to find them (though they may find you first).
Veterinarians should reflect the diverse world that we serve.
Veterinary medicine is becoming more diverse through purposeful efforts, and those efforts should continue.
Making veterinary medicine more inclusive means exposing people to it when they are younger.
It’s OK to not be OK.
Listen to the next generation with intent—they have answers to problems that we’ve failed to solve.
Where to find us:
Alyssa Watson, DVM - Host
Alexis Ussery - Producer & Multimedia Specialist