Royal Canin donated $ 100,000 to Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) with a 5 year financial commitment that shows its continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the veterinary field.
TUCVM is the only veterinary specialty program held on a historically black college or university campus in the United States. Royal Canin’s contribution will help promote diversity in the veterinary industry by providing voluntary funding to Tuskegee veterinary students, according to a company press release.
“At Royal Canin we are committed to creating the world we want tomorrow,” said Cecile Coutens, President of Royal Canin North America, in the press release. “To do this, we need to ensure that the pipeline of veterinary talent better represents our diverse and changing population. We are proud to support Tuskegee University in their efforts to increase representation in the veterinary industry. “
Royal Canin became a founding member of the Diversity Veterinary Medicine Coalition in 2020, which is committed to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity in the veterinary profession. The company sponsors additional inclusion initiatives through several in-house Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), including Pride, Tu Voz, and the Black Advisory Council.
“Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine values this conscious and effective partnership with Royal Canin. Of the thousands of veterinarians in the United States, only 2 percent are African American, and of that number, we are proud to say that 70 percent are our graduates, ”said Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate-ACVR, Dean of TUCVM.
“Together, we can meaningfully support TUCVM veterinary students to preserve the legacy of educating and educating underrepresented minorities as veterinarians,” added Perry.
In addition, Royal Canin provides veterinarians with continuing education and e-learning on a range of topics, including compassionate fatigue, and is committed to mental health awareness programs as part of its efforts to support the veterinary sector and its veterinary partners.
Royal Canin announces a $ 100,000 gift to Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Press release. Royal dog. December 1, 2021. Accessed December 2, 2021.