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Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness Symposium

October 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Recordings now available. Earn your 6 credits of NCVMB approved CVME by registering below.

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Friday Oct 30

Time: Topic: Speaker:
9:00am-10:00am Welcome/Introductions/CVM Diversity Initiatives Updates Dr. Paul Lunn/Dr. Allen Cannedy
10:00am-11:00am “All Creations Great & Small, I Vow to Serve Them All: The Four Noble Truths as a Path to Veterinary Well-Being” Chaplain Derralyn Rennix, DVM
Moderated by Dr. Laura Nelson
11:00am-12:00pm “Veterinary College Webpages and Diversity: Aspiration or
Dr. Elizabeth Stone
Moderated by Dr. Laura Nelson
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm-2:00pm “Campus COVID: As Cases Surge, Does Liability Emerge?” Dr. Carla Gartrell, JD
Moderated by Dr. Laura Nelson
2:00pm-3:00pm “Tuskegee University's Contributions to Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness in Veterinary Medicine” Dr. Ruby Perry
Moderated by Dr. Laura Nelson
3:00pm-4:00pm “The NC Association of Minority Veterinarians Annual Update: 2020 and Beyond” Dr. Quincy Hawley
Moderated by Dr. Laura Nelson
Chaplain Derralyn Rennix, DVM
Dr. Rennix has been a companion animal veterinarian in Maine since graduating from North Carolina State University- College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She has held veterinary leadership positions and was a practice owner for over 10 years of the Poland Animal Hospital. Derralyn is co-founder of MEaningful Life, LLC where she offers programs to cultivate personal and professional well-being, emotional balance, compassion, and resiliency. She is also a certified Buddhist chaplain and mindfulness/meditation instructor. She teaches programs that help cultivate personal and professional well-being, emotional balance, compassion, and resiliency.
Elizabeth A. Stone, DVM, MS, MPP
Dr. Stone served as the 10th Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College from 2005-2015. Her career as a scholar, professor, researcher, and administrator spans more than 30 years. Dr. Stone is particularly interested in studying and highlighting the role and significance of veterinarians in the public sphere. To help students see their roles as veterinarians within broader cultural and emotional contexts, Dr. Stone created a course in Veterinary Medicine and Literature and has spoken widely on the integration of literature into veterinary schools. She also introduced the Community Readers program at North Carolina State and OVC to explore veterinary medicine and the human condition through literature. Dr. Stone currently serves as a Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph and NC State University.
Carla Gartrell, DVM, JD, DACVIM
Dr. Gartrell serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Midwestern University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, AZ. She oversees students’ academic progress and promotion, admissions, orientation, and student organizations. She previously served as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, Chief of Medicine at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, NC, and then Director of Academic Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Dr. Ruby L. Perry

Dr. Ruby L. Perry

Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVR
Dr. Perry is the Dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Perry is also a professor of veterinary radiology. Prior to this, Dr. Perry served as interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.
Quincy Hawley, DVM
Dr. Hawley is a 2013 graduate of NC State’s CVM. Dr. Hawley has 7 years of working in small animal general practice. He is the co-founder of Get MotiVETed LLC, a company that provides wellbeing solutions for veterinary professionals and organizations.
To give back to the veterinary community, Dr. Hawley volunteers as the president of the NC Association of Minority Veterinarians, a 501-3c non-profit organization with a purpose of improving diversity, inclusion, equite, and cultural competency for the profession. He also volunteers his time as a member of NC State’s CVM admissions committee, and is currently serving his 3rd term doing so.






October 30, 2020

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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