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NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary School

Mailing Address
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
(919) 513-6461
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School Information
"If you’re driven by a love of animals and a passion for discovery, you’ll find a home in the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University. We advance animal and human health by finding innovative solutions to global challenges. We lead the way in educational excellence as we train the next generation of healers. And we provide extraordinary medical care to more than 30,000 animals each year. Our bright students, faculty and clinicians collaborate in a research environment unlike any other — including a state-of-the-art teaching hospital, a working farm and our 250-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus. It’s a proving ground for some of tomorrow’s biggest advancements in the biomedical field." (Source:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created various programs on the topic of race awareness. One such program is the "Basic Race Awareness Seminar" in which participants are required to "engage in an intense, honest appraisal of their individual and collective racial attitudes.”
  • The school has issued an update to its "Clinical Competencies" requirements. The school's graduating students must attain professional competencies as defined by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). In addition to demonstrating competency in veterinary skills, students are required to, “Attend one approved diversity training experience (i.e. Cultural Awareness Seminar) each of the first three years of veterinary college and submit a reflection statement.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • In October 2022, the school's Office of Diversity published its "CCDI Incident Response Chart," which diagrams the detailed process for reporting bias on campus.
  • The school offers "Support Services" that provides counseling to explore "personal, interpersonal, academic and professional concerns that may be impacting their well-being." Matt Bishop, one of the Mental Health Counselors, uses a "social justice lens to apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) frameworks of counseling." The counseling center also offers a variety of workshops to improve student's mental health, including a workshop entitled "Addressing Microaggressions."
  • In July 2020, the school's "Veterinary Medicine News" lists several links to stories on diversity and inclusion in the veterinary field. Featured is an interview with Allen Cannedy, where he speaks to the American Veterinary Medical Association about the CVM’s "commitment to fighting racism in veterinary medicine."
  • The school has a strategic plan that aims to "Build an inclusive College community and a culture of pride and integrity." Among the many goals and initiatives listed are several "Milestones," including a "support space for BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and People of Color] to meet weekly, offer CVM Community Discussion Circles with a focus on anti-racism topics."
  • On June 16, 2020, the school's "Veterinary Medicine News" published an articled entitled, "Q&A: Cannedy on Diversity, Inclusion and the CVM" which explores issues of diversity and racism within the veterinary community. According to Cannedy (Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs), "Discrimination and racism have been the two main constants since we began our conversation about the challenges keeping us from having a diverse community. We have used different terms to avoid these facts because no one wants to be viewed as racist. Our conversations have evolved to incorporate inclusion.” He also stated, “I hope that our future CVM community members will not have to experience the pains of prejudice and racism that we are addressing today.”
  • The school's "Veterinary Medicine News" August 2020 article entitled “Stronger Together: NC State Veterinary Education in the age of Coronavirus” interviewed Laura Nelson, (Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons). When asked about her most "important priorities in guiding educational approaches", she answered in part, "We are also engaged in a process of reckoning with the consequences of institutional racism in health disparities and through police violence, as well as within our college and profession. We are learning, creating, grieving, caring, and coping — all at the same time."
  • On July 15, 2020, the school's "Veterinary Medicine News" interviewed Dr. Tracy Hanner (the first black student at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine) and explores issues of race and diversity within the Veterinary field and how financial scholarship can increase opportunities for black students. He stated, "The generosity of donors has shown the best side of our community at a time when we must continue to strongly demonstrate our commitment to anti-racism.”
  • The school published a booklet titled "Diversity at the College of Veterinary Medicine," which lists its many programs, trainings and initiatives.
  • On July 22, 2020, Dr. Allen Cannedy, the school's Director for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, was featured in AVMA's (American Veterinary Medical Association) online article entitled, "Veterinary colleges committed to anti-racism, say Black lives matter." Dr. Cannedy stated, "With diversity and inclusion comes the challenges of making sure that all groups are appropriately supported. A big part of my job is being the support person who makes sure that diversity and inclusion issues are dealt with when they happen. We aim to prevent problems by educating our community and try to hold people accountable for their actions.”
Last updated February 21st, 2023
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