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University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary School

Mailing Address
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
(612) 624-6244
Email address
School Information
"The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine affects the lives of animals and people every day through educational, research, service, and outreach programs. We are dedicated to the education of future and current veterinarians and biomedical scientists and the discovery of new knowledge and skills. Established in 1947, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is Minnesota’s only veterinary college. Fully accredited, the college has graduated over 5,000 veterinarians and hundreds of scientists. The college's faculty is nationally and internationally recognized for teaching and research excellence. Signature research includes infectious disease, genomics, comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, epidemiology and dairy, swine, and avian medicine." (Source:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On August 10, 2018, the school announced a workshop entitled, "Implicit Bias in Search and Selection Processes Training" and stated, "This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of search and selection processes and hires made by individual supervisors."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school's Diversity and Inclusion webpage published its "Reporting bias or hate" page which explains the process for reporting bias and discrimination on campus and state, "We have no tolerance for discriminatory language or actions that create a hostile environment or that prevent any member of our community, our clients, and our stakeholders from being respected and represented in our community of scholarship, learning and work." The page includes several resources to "assist anyone who may have experienced or witnessed such behavior regardless of where the misconduct took place."
Program and Research Funding
  • On September 12, 2017, the school announced the "AVMA [American Veterinary Medical Association] Sponsored Student Scholarship" which provided, "$13,500 in support of students to complete Purdue’s Student Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine." The program was designed to "foster inclusive learning environments at educational institutions and to help students develop the skills to succeed as veterinary professionals." Online module topics included "Microaggressions" and "Stereotype Threat."
  • The school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issued its "College of Veterinary Medicine diversity plan." The office defines its "rationale" in part by stating that, "based on the principles of equity and social justice, established in order to ensure cross-culturally aware and competent students, practitioners, staff and faculty must ground our way forward." The Office also lays out several goals around best hiring practices which include "putting into practice strategies that aim to eliminate bias for hiring & retention" and "Search and selection committees employ effective strategies to recruit diverse application pools and to avoid implicit bias."
  • The school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reported on several past workshops hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee including a workshop entitled, "Advancing Racial Equity: History, Conext [sic], Privilege."
  • The school published a "Wellness and Academic Success" guide for student well-being which lists many tips and strategies to help students including a section titled, "Mindfulness for Racial Justice."
  • On June 25, 2020, the school's Center for Animal Health and Food Safety published an editorial titled, "Racism and white supremacy: a primer." The author cites several articles on the topics of racism, white supremacy and bigotry, but also offers her own thoughts on the topic. She stated, "Internalized and interpersonal racism are intrinsically linked, and they are supported and sustained by systemic level oppression. Institutional racism occurs within and between institutions or systems of power like schools, law enforcement, and health care."
  • On July 2, 2020, the school's Center for Animal Health and Food Safety published an editorial titled, "Making room for parallels." The author discusses the controversy surrounding historical monuments and stated, "Yes, preserving historical artifacts is important, and it is essential to understand that national heroes also laid the foundation of slavery and colonialism in this country that underlie our health systems and policies."
  • The school's "Diversity and Inclusion Committee" is described as being comprised of "faculty, staff, and students representing all areas of CVM, and are charged with enhancing awareness and developing a comprehensive, systemic approach that fosters a collegiate learning and work environment representative and appreciative of race, ability, sexual orientation, and other identities of difference."
  • The MCVMA (Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association) published its research article entitled, "Integrating the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association actionables into diversity, equity, and inclusion curricula in United States veterinary colleges." University of Minnesota's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences are listed as references to the research. The research was published in the March 8, 2022 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Symbolic Actions
  • In the Fall 2020 issue of the school's publication "Profiles," then-Interim Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine issued a statement on the death of George Floyd and racial injustice and stated, "The murder of George Floyd and ensuing protests and riots have affected all of us, but particularly people of color within our community and those that were already displaced or otherwise experiencing systemic oppression. To merely denounce his killing and the historic injustice and inequity is inadequate."
Last updated February 21st, 2023
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