Pulse - February 2021 - 12

After a brutal 12 months,
movers and shakers in and
around veterinary medicine
gear up for a more hopeful
new year.
By Marilyn Iturri and
Lynn M. Tiffany

12

Unparalleled medical, economic, social and political upheaval marked the year 2020.
The pandemic. Fear of a terrible new disease spreading unchecked. Hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States.
Shortages of personal protective equipment in the human medical field, spreading to
the veterinary world and prompting veterinarians to give medical supplies and equipment
to their physician counterparts.
For animal hospitals, an economic slowdown inspired by uncertainty; then for some, a
surprising rebound amid new ways of doing business that require social distancing, keeping clients outside and wearing face masks.
In March, the National Basketball Association canceled its season, followed shortly by
other sport leagues doing the same. Amusement parks closed. Many of our usual avenues
of entertainment were suddenly off limits, as were many small businesses, forced by state
restrictions to close. And in turn, many of our clients working in positions considered
non-essential lost their jobs.
While many of us hunkered down at home per state recommendations to " flatten the
curve, " we were witness via television and social media to repeated episodes of racial outrage. On May 25, 42-year-old George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis, was arrested
after reportedly buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Less than 20 minutes later, he
was unconscious, a police officer's knee pressed to his neck, pinning him to the ground.
Shortly afterward, he was pronounced dead at a hospital.
His and other deaths of Black people at the hands of law enforcement energized massive protests---both peaceful and not so much---across the country. The incidents inspired
renewed discussion about the whiteness of veterinary medicine, with more attention
directed toward diversifying the profession, understanding bias and institutional racism,
and promoting anti-racism measures.
The end of the year also included a contentious presidential election that added to the
generally discordant tone of life in 2020 and continued into the new year.
But as always, a new year brings hopes of new beginnings. Leaders in and around the
veterinary medical community are welcoming 2021 with renewed determination to
tackle the problems we face with vigor and dedication.
The editors and authors of Pulse, the magazine of the Southern California Veterinary
Medical Association, have identified the following players as the 21 to Watch in 2021.
They appear here in alphabetical order.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - February 2021

Pulse - February 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Cover Feature Story
21 to watch in 2021
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - February 2021 - 1
Pulse - February 2021 - 2
Pulse - February 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - February 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - February 2021 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - February 2021 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - February 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - February 2021 - 9
Pulse - February 2021 - 10
Pulse - February 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - February 2021 - Cover Feature Story
Pulse - February 2021 - 13
Pulse - February 2021 - 21 to watch in 2021
Pulse - February 2021 - 15
Pulse - February 2021 - Medical Leeway
Pulse - February 2021 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - February 2021 - Tools for Success
Pulse - February 2021 - Angel Fund
Pulse - February 2021 - 20
Pulse - February 2021 - Dear Tabby
Pulse - February 2021 - The RVT
Pulse - February 2021 - Industry Insights
Pulse - February 2021 - Quick Reference
Pulse - February 2021 - Digital Photography for Veterinarians
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Pulse - February 2021 - AVMA Diplomates
Pulse - February 2021 - Resources
Pulse - February 2021 - Disease Table
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