Sustainability, Diversity, and One Health

Welcome to our lectures on Sustainability, Diversity, and One Health!  These lectures are supplemental, and do not fall within a specific track of veterinary medicine, but offer a range important topics.  A few topics in this bonus section of lectures include: perseverance in veterinary medicine, facing discrimination, the importance of diversity and allyship, apiary care, and grain-free diets.

Apiary toxicology
  • Karyn Bischoff, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVT 
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture will discuss apiary care and the veterinarians role in its future
  • Bio: Karyn Bischoff, DVM, MS, Dipl. American Board of Veterinary Toxicology is the diagnostic toxicologist of the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center. After receiving her DVM from the University of Illinois, completed a toxicology residency at Oklahoma State University and a pathology residency at the University of Florida. She was privileged to serve on multiple committees, including as President of the American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology (2011-2013) and Chair of the AVMA’s Committee on Environmental Issues (2018-2020). She will complete her Masters of Public Health in 2022.
Feeding pets with Environmental Sustainability: Discussion on Grain Free Diets
  • Korinn Saker, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVN
  • North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture will discuss grain free consumer knowledge with regards to sustainability
  • Bio: Dr. Saker is an Associate Professor of Nutrition, Director of the Nutrition Program, and Service Chief of the Health and Wellness Center at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her MS in Animal Nutrition from Clemson University and DVM from University of Georgia. Following 5 years in mixed animal practice, she completed a PhD in Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition Residency at Virginia-Maryland Regional CVM, where she spent 12 years as a clinical nutritionist and research professor, before moving to NCSU to initiate a veterinary nutrition program 2007.  She currently divides her time between clinical work, teaching, running a clinical nutrition training program, and pursuing research interests focused on nutrition for health and disease.
From Personal to Practical; Building on Experiences to Understand the Importance of Proactive Personal Pronouns – Attendance is unlimited, but the first 500 people to sign up get a $10 UberEats gift card! Sign up here.

This session is generously sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Pride VMC.

  • Dane Whitaker, DVM, MPVM
  • PrideVMC
  • Description: In this talk, Dr. Whitaker will share the story of his journey as a transgender veterinarian, and how the proactive use of personal pronouns is important in building a culture of inclusion for LGBTQ+ identified folks in vet med.
  • Bio: Dr. Dane Whitaker has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco area for over 25 years. He completed his Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2017 and is currently providing small animal clinical relief services across central California. He is also a relief veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito CA, and in non-pandemic times he has provided clinical as well as field support for marine mammal research projects. Although a Bay Area native, he grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. His veterinary interests include small animal medicine, clinical pathology, marine mammal medicine and One Health. Dr. Whitaker is the president of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community and takes an active role in promoting the ideas of inclusion and acceptance for all members of the community in the veterinary profession.
An Interview with the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention at Kansas State University
  • Kimathi Choma, DVM, MPH
  • Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Description: In this interview-style lecture, Dr. Choma will discuss discrimination in the veterinary workplace, the importance of diversity and allyship, and his role as the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention.
  • Bio: Dr. Choma was named the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention in the College of Arts & Sciences in March of 2016, after serving as Interim Dean for a year and a half. Prior to his current role, Dr. Choma was in K-State College of Veterinary Medicine where he had been the director of undergraduate public health programs for Pathways to Public Health and the Master of Public Health field experience facilitator for the six years. As Assistant Dean, Choma develops and guides the comprehensive strategy for diversity, retention, recruitment and inclusion for the college. He also leads efforts to advance inclusion initiatives and practices for underrepresented groups within the college.
  • Brandy Duhon, DVM
  • Louisiana State University
  • Description: In this lecture, Dr. Duhon will discuss the trials and tribulations she’s encountered on her way to becoming a successful veterinarian.
  • Bio: Brandy Duhon, DVM was hired as an instructor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 2015, following her shelter medicine internship at the LSU SVM. She received her BS from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 and her DVM from the LSU SVM in 2013. Originally from Rayne, Louisiana, Dr. Duhon was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis at the age of 13. This cut off blood flow to her extremities, leading to gangrene in her hands and one foot, so doctors had to amputate both hands and her right heel. Despite this, Dr. Duhon has embarked on a successful career as a veterinarian and instructor. She recently moved from shelter medicine to the LSU SVM’s clinical skills lab to make sure the veterinary students have the skills necessary to be successful in their careers. Her success in training doesn’t stop there; Dr. Duhon also manages the LSU SVM’s Disaster Response Team and works with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to manage trainings for animal control officers, veterinary professionals, and first responders. She also coordinates the Disaster Response Team’s efforts responding to disasters.
The AIDS Pandemic, Animal Companionship, and the Veterinarian
  • Ken Gorczyca, DVM
  • PrideVMC
  • Description: This lecture will include a LGBTQ+ focus that uses the lens of the AIDS pandemic and activism. It will also feature veterinary student activists and how current veterinary students can be empowered today.
  • Bio: Dr. Ken Gorczyca is a 1983 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Davis. He started practicing in the Castro district of San Francisco at the dawn of the AIDS Pandemic. He became the founding veterinarian and education director for Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)—an organization  founded in 1986 to provide volunteer and financial support, pet food, and pet-associated zoonoses education for pets belonging  to people with HIV/AIDS. He also worked tirelessly over a quarter century to build a more inclusive and stronger veterinary profession through his advocacy work at the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (now known as Pride Veterinary Medical Community).  Dr. Gorczyca is a long-term survivor of the AIDS pandemic and continues to celebrate the healing power of animal companionship through his writing, art practice and the company of his dog, Kira.
One Health Approach to COVID-19
  • Ingrid C. Garrison, DVM, MPH, ACVPM
  • Kansas Department of Health
  • Description: This presentation will cover the One Health response to COVID-19 and at the end of the presentation the audience will be able to; describe the epidemiology of COVID-19 in humans and animals in the U.S., explain the process of determining if a veterinary patient should be tested for SARS-CoV-2, understand how to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans especially veterinarians and veterinary staff, and know where to find updates and further guidance on SARS-CoV-2.
Antimicrobial Stewardship: Practical Vet Solutions for a One Health Problem – generously sponsored by AKC Canine Health Foundation

  • Dr. Kate KuKanich, DVM, PhD, DAVCIM (SAIM)
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
COVID-19, A Veterinary Perspective
  • Dr. A Sally Davis, DVM, PhD
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: this lecture’s primary objective will be to review COVID-19 from a veterinary public health perspective.
Presidential Pets
  • Ronnie Elmore, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: A fun presentation on presidential pets through the years
A One Health Approach to Finances
  • Dr. Annie Chavent
  • AVMA
  • Bio: Dr. Annie Chavent is an Assistant Director for the AVMA Student Initiatives team, currently serving as the Western region SAVMA advisor and as the coordinator for the ALL for Students funding program. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, received her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, and graduated from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During veterinary school, she very much enjoyed her leadership roles in student government, SAVMA, VBMA, and SCAAEP. After graduation, Dr. Chavent completed an equine sports medicine internship near Middleburg, VA and was an associate veterinarian at a equine-exclusive ambulatory practice in Western Maryland for 3 years. She transitioned to the AVMA in June 2020 and is passionate about supporting students as they become the best versions of themselves both professionally and personally.
You Have a Vet Degree! Now What?
  • Dr. Mary McAllister
  • Vetemedic, LLC
  • Description: You have a vet degree! Now what?!! will use one veterinarian’s path to illustrate that even though one may start in a defined veterinary role – that role and vision can evolve to fulfill one’s potential not only as a practitioner, but as a person walking life’s journey.
  • Bio: Mary ‘Dr. Mac’ McAllister, MRCVS is a general veterinary practitioner with over 10 years of diverse supervisory experience with employees, volunteers, students and children. She has an established history of team leadership and collaboration in the work environment with both co-workers and clients from socioeconomically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Those work environments included Southwest Ambulance as an EMT, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver as a Health Advocate, The University of Colorado Denver as a Teaching Assistant, and Equitarian Initiative as a Veterinarian/Trip Leader among others. Her role models inspired her to coach students and employees in how to acknowledge that one can do what one puts his/her mind to, to be well rounded and to bring a cooperative team based approach to every task.