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Eugene
" Gene "
O'Neill,
CEO at
NAVC

Anthony
Pease,
DVM,
Viticus Group
CVMO

Tierra
Price, DVM,
MPH
Founder,
Black DVM
Network

Matt Salois,
Ph.D.
Chief
Economist,
AVMA

Christina
V. Tran,
DVM
President,
Multicultural
VMA

Kenichiro
" Ken " Yagi,
MS, RVT
President,
NAVTA

Dirk
Yelinek,
DVM
CVMA
President
PULSE

FEBRUARY 2021

Steering the North American Veterinary Community through a global pandemic,
O'Neill, CPA, CIA, has been instrumental in using the latest technology to communicate
with members throughout the world. Through virtual conferences, online publications
and digital advertising, he has pushed NAVC to offer even more services to veterinarians,
veterinary nurses and practice managers. A sound background in financial and business
experience makes him someone to watch in 2021.

As chief veterinary medical officer for The Viticus Group, formerly WVC, Dr. Pease,
MS, DACVR, leads the way as the group continues branching into human health education as well as veterinary health. Rising to the challenges faced by practitioners wanting to
elevate their skills to the next level has long been the standard at WVC, and Viticus's offering hyperfocused and intense hands-on training by industry experts is highly appropriate
as the world wrestles with the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

While still a student at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Price
founded BlackDVMNetwork.com to celebrate and connect Black veterinary professionals
and advocate for diversity in the profession. She believes that clinics and veterinary schools
can start to become more inclusive by changing their culture, recognizing that communication, style, personal appearance and hobbies are different among all groups of people. " It
is our mission to create a community for Black veterinary professionals to grow, connect,
find mentorship and advance veterinary medicine, " she says. 
Salois's No. 1 priority for the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2021 is supporting positive, transformational change in the profession by reimagining the economics
of veterinary medicine. " The pandemic has forced all of us to hit the reset button on our
thinking, " he says. " Personally, I am being very intentional about letting go of old ideas
and the written past to support an unfettered advance toward the unwritten future. "

As president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association, first-generation Filipina-American Dr. Tran has made it her mandate to advocate for racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented as veterinarians. The associate professor at the University of Arizona
College of Veterinary Medicine says change must begin at recruitment, and continue with
mentoring throughout undergrad years, veterinary school and practitioners' careers. In
light of recent events, she wants to help people of color heal and encourage outward support from colleagues who are not of color.
Since 2016, the Veterinary Nursing Initiative has sought to unite the veterinary technician profession under a single veterinary nurse title, standardize credentialing requirements
and define scope of practice. Yagi, VTS (EDD, SAIM), a veterinary technician and VNI
co-chair, maintains that the initiative involves more than a name change and will incorporate the art of caring for animal patients from a whole-picture perspective, in addition
to promoting the science and technology. Yagi is president of the National Association of
Veterinary Technicians in America.
A family veterinarian in the South Bay for 30 years, Yelinek has served the Southern
California VMA and the state VMA, which he now leads as president. " Now, more than
ever, we must grasp the innovations the future brings, " he says. " We must recruit and train
young leaders who think flexibly and have the energy to lead an ever-changing profession.
The virus that has become a pandemic and the adaptation required to mitigate its effects
were not predictable. Our involvement in One Health becomes ever more important as
veterinarians and scientists in public health work to make life better for all beings. " P

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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 - Cover2
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
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