Online Seminar: Diversity & Inclusion in the Veterinary Profession: Why It Matters – August 25 & August 31, 2021

1.5 CEUs

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CVMA Online Seminars are convenient interactive presentations offering CEUs held online in real-time. This learning platform allows you to participate from anywhere with internet access—from your practice, your home, or anywhere you have an internet connection. Attending is as easy as a few mouse clicks. You will only need internet access and either, computer audio, a headset, or a telephone.

This seminar is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary hospital staff, and veterinary students only.

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Course Description

Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine: Why It Matters
The veterinary profession is one of the least diverse professions in the United States with regard to underrepresented and historically marginalized populations. This webinar will highlight historic and current trends in the veterinary profession. Participants will appreciate why creating more diverse and inclusive veterinary teams is critical to the profession’s endurance and to the people and patients it serves. Participants will gain an understanding of the meaning of popular terminology related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Dr. Suzie Kovacs will demonstrate how individuals can reflect on their own biases and come to understand that uncomfortable conversations may be a necessary component of progress. Through sharing some of her personal experiences, Dr. Kovacs hopes to be of benefit to others who are on a similar journey. This webinar will be of interest to those who are new to DEI discussions, as well as anyone committed to working with others to create a healthier and more robust veterinary profession.


Suzie Kovacs, MSc, Ph.D.

Suzie Kovacs graduated from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College with a Master of Science in Epidemiology in 2004. Shortly afterward, she moved to California and took a faculty position at Western University’s College of Veterinary Medicine when the college’s charter class was in the second year of its program. In 2014, she received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University for work focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the veterinary profession. In 2015, she was a charter recipient of the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association LGBT+ Awareness Award, a national award that recognizes those who support and confirm inclusivity in veterinary academia, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. At WesternU, she teaches epidemiology within the problem-based learning curriculum, as well as a public policy course for first- and second-year veterinary students. She most enjoys working with students, faculty, staff, and administrators within the college and across WesternU to help create a diverse and inclusive environment for all.

Dates and Times

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 5:30 PM-6:45 PM
Registration, cancellation, and substitution deadline: August 20, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
Registration, cancellation, and substitution deadline: August 26, 2021


CVMA MembersCVMA Non-Members
DVM: ComplimentaryDVM: Complimentary
RVT/Veterinary Staff: ComplimentaryRVT/Veterinary Staff: Complimentary
DVM/RVT Student: ComplimentaryDVM/RVT Student: Complimentary


4 Ways to Register:

  • Register Online
    August 25, 2021
    August 31, 2021
  • Fax registration form to 916.646.9156
  • Mail registration form to the CVMA office
  • Call 800.655.2862 to register over the phone

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Registration is required to view this course.

This course qualifies for 1.5 hours of interactive learning. Each paid registrant will be allowed access via one phone line and one log-in and will receive a certificate upon completion. An email will be sent to the registered attendee with login information on how to begin the webinar. This course is open to veterinarians, technicians, and hospital staff.

If multiple registrants intend to view the online seminar together under one log-in, please contact the CVMA office for an attendance form at 800.655.2862 or email

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend, please notify us via email at ASAP, so that we are able to offer your spot to another registrant.

Attn: Meetings & Events Department
California Veterinary Medical Association
1400 River Park Dr, Ste 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
By fax: 916.646.9156
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  • Course materials provided by CVMA is for use by the registered attendee only and should not be reproduced or shared with others.
  • The virtual platform CVMA uses allows audio, documents, materials, chat and Q & A exchanged or viewed during the session may be recorded. By joining a session, you automatically consent to such recordings.
  • CVMA and its service provider of audio and online conferencing services are not responsible for unauthorized access to such information by hackers or others that obtain access through illegal measures.

If you have any questions, please call the CVMA office at 800.655.2862.

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