Education

Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, October 17 – 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cultivating & leading a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture in veterinary medicine

Presented by Niccole Bruno, DVM

A three-part presentation to:

  1. Review the state of veterinary medicine and highlight barriers within the profession.
  2. Outline how DEIB training is influential in improving workplace culture, patient care and community engagement.
  3. Introduce the Blendvet values which allow hospital environments to foster DEIB in practice.

In addition, this session will allow for dynamic, facilitated conversation and activities to emphasize DEIB’s role in creating inclusive workplaces and leaders.

About the presenter: Dr. Niccole Bruno is the CEO and Founder of blendVET, a veterinary hospital certification program in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB).  As an Afro-Latina, Dr. Bruno’s navigation into veterinary medicine has had its share of challenges.  During her career, the experiences of racism, misogyny, and stereotypical behaviors, caused Dr. Bruno to develop a sense of disengagement from a profession she once dearly loved.  Nevertheless, her perseverance prevailed and her passion for veterinary medicine resumed when she was offered the role of Medical Director for a veterinary hospital in Long Island, NY.  For roughly eight years, her sincere and dedicated service as a hospital leader in both NY and Houston fueled her heartfelt endeavors to ensure a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.  READ MORE ABOUT DR. BRUNO HERE.