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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Diversity and Inclusion On Air Program Building Momentum


The AAVMC’s Diversity and Inclusion on Air program, now in its second season, is building momentum. Current program goals include efforts to increase watch times and downloads and integrate its diversity-oriented programming into classrooms at veterinary medical schools.

The podcast, which debuted October 2015, is presented in a YouTube Live format that can be viewed live or referenced later.

In each podcast, Dr. Lisa Greenhill, the AAVMC’s Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity, features different speakers for hour-long discussions on veterinary topics through a diversity lens. Viewers and participants can access the program live and post questions during the program.

Since the program’s launch podcast viewers have watched 5,727 hours of programming on YouTube, and listeners have streamed the audio version 509 times through a variety of podcast applications.

The most-watched episode of the first season, called “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and The Job Search,” focused on unique job-related issues to consider for veterinary professionals who identify as LGBTQ.

Another popular show featured Dr. William Gilles, director of Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education and Social Services (WisCARES), which provides holistic health care and housing support to Dane County's disadvantaged residents and their pets.

The most listened-to program looked at “Holistic Admissions,” featuring Kim D'Abreu, who works with a program that focuses on incorporating holistic review practices across the nation's dental schools.

Other episode topics have ranged from the role of the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) on promoting women in leadership in the veterinary profession to a recent episode about diversity through the lens of public practice veterinary medicine, where viewers could learn about employment opportunities in the public sector and ways to increase pubic practice diversity.

The show’s content is supplemented by a page on Facebook, where local programming ideas are regularly posted along with educational infographs about different kinds of diversity.

See Diversity and Inclusion On Air on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/DiversityInclusiononAir.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Mexico.

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Jeff Douglas or Jeanne Johnson                                                                                      
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