Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are pleased to offer several lectures and events to further advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession at SAVMA Symposium. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education Panel - Submit questions here!
Sponsored by MedVet

Friday, 3/17 from 9:00-10:50am in the Chancellor Ballroom

Learn what DEI efforts and initiatives are currently taking place in veterinary education and what veterinary colleges are working towards for the future. Participants are encouraged to engage in this conversation, share their experiences, and ask questions of our panel members. An anonymous question option will be available during the panel and questions can be submitted in advance (see link above).

Guest speakers: Dr. Latonia Craig, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer of the AVMA; Dr. Tina Tran, Associate Professor of Practice and Clinical Relations Lead Veterinarian at the University of Arizona; Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois CVM; Dr. Anne Barger, Department Head of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois CVM

Let's Talk About Death Over Lunch - Sign Up Here!
Sponsored by the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Friday, 3/17 from 12:00-12:50pm in the Lincoln Ballroom

This event is based on the work of a group of healthcare and wellness leaders who are working to break the taboo around conversations about dying. Their project "Let's Have Dinner and Talk About Death" has been rapidly inspiring a growing community of people to talk about an often-not-discussed topic: death and dying. As the opening statement on their website notes,

"How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having."

Join other Symposium participants in taking part in this conversation. This isn't meant to be a morbid conversation, but a very human one, where we consider what we want, both in life and during its close. Let's talk about it -- so we can lean into any fears we might have, get rid of inhibitions, and build deeper connections.  To learn more about this one-of-a-kind project, visit http://deathoverdinner.org/.

Hill's and VOICE Diversity Breakfast - Sign up here!
Sponsored jointly by Hill's and VOICE
Saturday, 3/18 from 7:30-9:00am in the Chancellor Ballroom


Please join us for a DE&I Breakfast, co-sponsored by Hill's and VOICE, on Saturday 3/18 from 7:30-9 AM. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Aida Vientos-Plotts, DVM, PhD, DACVIM from University of Missouri, who will be speaking about her journey through her veterinary medical education, including internship, residency, and academia as a Latina and immigrant from Puerto Rico. Afterwards, we will have a Q & A session plus a fun human spectrogram activity (totally optional if you prefer not to participate).

AAVMC Veterinary Student Wellbeing Study Results
Saturday, 3/18 from 12:00-12:50pm in the Alma Mater Ballroom

This presentation will provide participants with the current research results related to first-ever national veterinary student wellbeing study conducted in the profession! This study will highlight potential intervention areas and provide evidence-based approaches and recommendations that could enhance and protect student wellbeing. Environmental factors that impact student wellbeing in the learning environment will also be discussed.

Reassessing Veterinary Culture: Action Plan Development Session - Sign up Here!
Saturday, 3/18 from 1:00-3:00PM in the Chancellor Ballroom
Sunday, 3/19 from 11:00-11:50AM in Veterinary Basic Science Building 2251

Join other participants from around the country in a two part action plan development session using the Iverson Bell Action Plan framework. Participants will work with others on the first day to identify areas of the veterinary profession or educational track where progress can be made to further a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. On the second day participants will gather to share their developed goals and action plans and engage in a dialogue for future directions within the profession. View the action plan development template here

PrideSVMC Annual Meeting - No Sign-Up Required
Saturday, 3/18 from 4-5pm in the Alma Mater Ballroom 

This session is an annual meeting for PrideSVMC to network with students and hold elections for the national board. To learn more about PrideSVMC, please click here

Mindfulness in Veterinary Medicine Workshop - Sign Up Here!
Sunday, 3/19 from 12:00-12:50PM in Large Animal Clinic (LAC) 100

In a profession that is as fast paced as veterinary medicine, it is just as important to care for ourselves and our teams as it is to care for our patients. In this workshop, build your toolset of tactics and exercises you can practice throughout the clinical day to create a space for yourself no matter how busy or high pressure the caseload.



Friday, 3/17
11:00-11:50AM - "Speak Your Voyce" by Dr. Priya Bhatt, DVM, MS, CVA, CVMMP, CVFT
3:00-3:50PM - "DEI Presentation" by Dr. Amanda Hampton, DVM, and Dr. Sharon Greeley, DVM

Saturday, 3/18
9:00-9:50AM - "DEI Presentation" by Dr. Jesse Navatta, DVM
2:00-2:50PM - "Effective Communication with Spanish-Speaking Clients" by Dr. Juanmahel Davila, PhD

Sunday, 3/19
12:00-12:50PM - "Mindfulness in Veterinary Practice Workshop" by Dr. Bailey Brame, DVM, DACVD


Other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at SAVMA Symposium

The SAVMA Symposium planning team believes it is important that all guests feel safe and included at our event. To further this belief, several initiatives will be in place at Symposium. (Marked maps to follow soon!)
  • Pronoun badges will be available to attach to your nametag.
  • The "Getting Back in Our Shell" room, sponsored by The Association of Amphibian and Reptile Veterinarians, will be active on all three days of SAVMA Symposium. If students feel overstimulated or overwhelmed at any point in the conference, they are welcome to take a beat and recharge in this quiet, safe space.  
  • One gender-neutral bathroom will be available at I Hotel and Conference Center on 3/17 and 3/18. There is also a gender-neutral bathroom present at the Veterinary Basic Science Building. 
  • A private pumping room will be available at both venues on request. 
If you have specific needs not addressed above, please feel free to email us at savmasymposium2023@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. We are committed to working with you toward a more diverse and inclusive veterinary community. 

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