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Wellness & Wellbeing of Asian American Veterinarians By: Kaori Sakamoto, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPProfessor, Department of Pathology University of Georgia College of Veterinary MedicineDirector of Wellness and Wellbeing for the Association of Asian American Veterinary Medical Professionals (AAVMP). When you were growing up did you encounter any Asian veterinarians? Did you particularly have any Asian female veterinarians to look up too?I’m a bit of an odd story, since I grew up wanting to be a marine biologist, and never had any pets other than fish, since my parents didn’t want anything in...

DVM, PhD, DACVP—Associate Director of State Government Relations, Athens and Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic LabsProfessor, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine What inspired you to go into veterinary medicine when there were so few women in the field?My local veterinarian and his father, who also was a veterinarian, encouraged me and answered all my many questions when they came to our farm and my father’s business (meat-processor/slaughterhouse). When I was in high school, I worked for them in the summers as a secretary/technician. They always encouraged me to become a veterinarian....

Associate Veterinarian, Kennesaw Mountain Animal HospitalGVMA Membership Committee When did you have a stroke?I had my stroke just under two years ago. I was pulling into a parking spot at work when I had a STROKE. I didn’t know what was happening, but I remember leaning my head into the driver side window (there was a smudge mark of make-up from my forehead) and thinking, “why do I feel so weird”? I sat in that parking space for what felt like forever, but I wasn’t giving up. I couldn’t remove my...

GVMA Director of Veterinary ServicesDirector of Veterinary Services GVMA Staff What was the make-up of your graduating class in veterinary medicine and how many minorities are still practicing?I graduated from the University of Liverpool, School of Veterinary Science, United Kingdom and was the only Hispanic student in my class. Myself and two classmates from Botswana were the extent of the minority group. I am happy to say that they are still practicing veterinary medicine in their home country. What are some of the ways in which you feel that it’s more difficult...

Owner, Briarlake Animal HospitalGVMA Board of Directors, District 4 When you were growing up did you encounter any Asian veterinarians? Did you have any Asian veterinarians to look up too?Growing up in Atlanta in the 80s I did not know of any Asian veterinarians. As one of only a few Asians in elementary and high school I was always told I should do something in math or engineering. My teachers and counselors never really gave me any other options and consequently I ended up at Georgia Tech for my first year...

Dr. Jayme Holmes is 2020 graduate of UGA CVM. She is a former GVMA student representative, currently serves on the GVMA Membership committee and works as an associate veterinarian with Dearborn Animal Hospital. “Every day I get to wake up and go to the greatest job in the world. I loved growing up in a house full of animals and found I connected with them deeper than most people did. I also have a passion for taking care of those around me: family, friends, classmates, and of course, animals. These two...

When you were growing up did you encounter any African-American veterinarians? Did you have any veterinarians of color to look up to?The first time I encountered an African American veterinarian was the summer before my freshmen year in Undergraduate school. As a child, my family and I moved around a lot and when we finally settled down, we were in Stockbridge, Georgia; a city that was rural/suburban at the time. Dr. Debra Smith, who at the time worked at Banfield Pet Hospital of McDonough, was the first veterinarian of color...

Veterinary Radiologist and CEO of Axam Imaging, Inc.GVMA Board of Directors, District 4 When you were growing up did you encounter any Black veterinarians? Did you have any veterinarians of color to look up too?Not just Black veterinarians, Black professionals in almost every walk of life. Atlanta is the mecca of Black professionals. I grew up in the heart of the Black Atlanta community, so I was blessed to be surrounded by black professionals. I interacted with black lawyers, doctors, teachers, veterinarians, police officers, postal workers, etc. I grew up in...

December 16 @ 2:30 PM EST Reimagining the Veterinary Profession by Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA Dr. Peter Weinstein will present a though-provoking session that will explore topics including: What the practice of veterinary medicine looked like before COVIDHow COVID impacted the delivery of veterinary medicineWhat the next normal will look likeThinking differently to create new business models in the future You’ll emerge from this session with an idea of where we were and what worked – and from there, how COVID forced changes from which we can learn. Most importantly, you will leave looking at...

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