Europe’s largest veterinary group IVC Evidensia and the University of Bristol’s Animal Aspirations team have produced a Widening Participation Video available for anyone to download, share and/or present to school/college pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Individuals from a broad range of ethnic minority backgrounds are currently underrepresented in the veterinary professions (vets and nurses). This video is part of a raft of initiatives to drive awareness among school children of the opportunities within the veterinary professions to help teenagers who are weighing up career options.
Amanda Boag, chief medical officer and chair of the IVC Evidensia Ethnic Diversity Board commented: “Promoting diversity in our profession is an important priority both for me personally and IVC Evidensia.
“I first became aware during my time as RCVS president of the great work the Animal Aspirations groups around the country do to engage students from ethnic minority backgrounds, and we wanted to see if we could collaborate to help raise awareness. I spoke to the University of Bristol which is our nearest University and we’re really proud to have worked with them and their students on this video.
“Last year we launched our Ethnic Diversity Scholarship scheme and we are now supporting 13 first year undergraduates across the UK. Vets Now, which is part of our group, have also launched a scholarship scheme for veterinary nurses. We want to inspire younger school children from all backgrounds to consider careers in our profession and this was a great opportunity to spread the word.”
Tim Parkin, head of school, Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol commented: “Bristol Vet School aspires to be a fully inclusive Veterinary School and we are committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We want to ensure that the potential to embark on a veterinary career is available to school and college pupils from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible.
“As Head of School, I am passionate about equity and am determined that no one be prevented from access to our brilliant professions through lack of opportunity. Our students and staff have worked with the IVC Evidensia team to create this fabulous video for use in a variety of settings, and we hope it will inspire many young people to consider veterinary careers”.