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PULSE PERSPECTIVE
VET4SPARTY@ME.COM
AT THE HEART
" We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals " -Immanuel Kant
do not want to delve to deep into the ethical issues related to this quote, but I might add " people " to this quote
as well. You can tell a lot about a person not only from the way they treat animals but how they treat people,
especially those that are different from ourselves. This had me thinking about a hot topic buzzing around these
days known as DEI. DEI stands for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion.
I
In June, the SCVMA provided a halfday
CE on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
in my old stomping grounds of
Pomona. Our practice partners, Hill's Veterinary
Nutrition, sponsored the symposium
titled " Diverse or Divided? This half
day CE was held at the beautiful lecture
facilities of Western University of Health
Services in Pomona. Individuals that are
well versed in this subject headed the
presentation. Susie Kovacs explained to
us what DEI is and how there is a need
to raise awareness on the subject. The IG
and TV famous Dr. Courtney Campbell
spoke on understanding and creating a
more inclusive veterinary profession. Last
but certainly not least Drs. Phillip Nelson
and Peter Weinstein closed the symposium
with the most thought-provoking discussion
entitled " Courageous Conversations " .
(This is also the name of their podcast,
which I highly recommend.) This discussion
addressed the commonly held idea
that DEI is not personally relevant or at
least " not for me " and that we are placing
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too much importance on this subject in
our profession. One standout point was the
idea of dignity. Dignity is defined as the
state or quality of being worthy of honor
or respect. Respect is the keyword in this
definition for me. We need to respect the
idea that there are other people around us
that might not be like us.
There were a lot of questions, questions
that took courage to ask. The subject
is extremely important to our profession
and its future in this ever-changing world.
Therefore, the SCVMA Board of Trustees
is addressing DEI and a task force formed.
The task force developed a position statement
and action plan to move us forward
as an organization in respect to DEI.
A first generation American is writing
this letter that grew up speaking two languages
and whose mother was constantly
worried about discrimination because she
spoke with a heavy accent. Even today
both languages are spoken every day in
our clinic, and we have a variety of backgrounds
on our team. But even with this,
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I need to be reminded that DEI is a concept
that requires constant vigilance and
attention. So, I am grateful that SCVMA
is taking the steps to bring awareness and
offering ways for us to move forward as
individuals and a profession.
Karla Nichols
SCVMA President

Pulse - July 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - July 2022

Pulse - July 2022
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
Pulsepoints
SCVMA Profile
COVER FEATURE STORY
Practical Pathology
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - July 2022 - Cover2
Pulse - July 2022 - 1
Pulse - July 2022 - 2
Pulse - July 2022 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - July 2022 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - July 2022 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - July 2022 - 7
Pulse - July 2022 - 8
Pulse - July 2022 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - July 2022 - COVER FEATURE STORY
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Pulse - July 2022 - 12
Pulse - July 2022 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - July 2022 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - July 2022 - Tools for Success
Pulse - July 2022 - Angel Fund
Pulse - July 2022 - The RVT
Pulse - July 2022 - Industry Insights
Pulse - July 2022 - Quick Reference
Pulse - July 2022 - AVMA Diplomates
Pulse - July 2022 - Digital Photography for Veterinarians
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Pulse - July 2022 - Resources
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