june, 2022

12jun9:00 am12:45 pmSCVMA and Hill's Presents: Diverse or Divided: Achieving Inclusion and Diversity in the Veterinary ProfessionHill's DEI

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Diverse or Divided? Achieving Inclusion and Diversity in the Veterinary Profession


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Approved for 3 hours California Statutory CEU

Live and In-Person

Western University of Health Sciences

Per University Health and Safety Policy, Face masks are required to be worn at all times!

Western University Health Sciences

Health Education Center (HEC), 2nd Floor

701 E. Second St.

Pomona, CA 91766

Campus Map, Parking Instructions:

Guests can park in Lot 24 (this lot is an employee lot but open to public on the weekends) or the Parking structure. Below is the link with the map.



  • Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Veterinary Profession: Attention and Intention Required.  Dr. Suzie Kovacs, MSc, PhD
  • Perspectives.  Dr. Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD
  • Wound Healing: reckoning with the Past, Understanding the Present, and Creating the Future for a More Inclusive Veterinary Profession. Courtney Campbell, DVM, DACVS-SA
  • Courageous Conversations. Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA, Dr. Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD, and the DEI Task Force


Suzie Kovacs, MSc, PhD
Suzie Kovacs
 graduated from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College with a Master of Science in Epidemiology in 2004. Shortly afterward she moved to California and took a faculty position at WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine when the college’s charter class was in the 2nd year of their program. In 2014, she received a PhD in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University for work focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the veterinary profession. In 2015 she was a charter recipient of the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association LGBT+ Awareness Award.  This national award recognizes those who support and confirm inclusivity in veterinary academia, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  At WesternU she teaches epidemiology within the problem-based learning curriculum as well as a public policy course for first and second year veterinary students.  She most enjoys working with students, faculty, staff, and administrators within the college and across WesternU to help create a diverse and inclusive environment for all.


Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD

Dr. Phillip D. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Jackson State University in 1980, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee Institute in 1979, and a Doctor of Philosophy from North

Carolina State University (Immunology/Biotechnology) in 1993.

Dr. Nelson has had an active career in teaching, research and academic veterinary medicine. His research has focused on feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus infections in cats as biological models for human HIV, and the development immunity in the dog and cat. He has served as Associate Dean, Professor of Academic and Public Affairs, and Interim Dean at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, and as Acting Head, Department of Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, he became Executive Associate Dean for Preclinical Programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. In 2007 he became Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a past member of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is a consultant on diversity and member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). As a member of the AAVMC Dr. Nelson serves as chair of the Advocacy Committee and on the Finance Committee as Assistant Treasurer. Dr. Nelson served as president of the AAVMC July of 2017 through March of 2018.

Dr. Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching in Veterinary Medicine and the Pegasus Award for Distinguished Clinical Instruction at Mississippi State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Tuskegee University, and the John Payne Industry Leadership Award.


Courtney Campbell, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Courtney A. Campbell has enjoyed a career as both a board certified veterinary surgeon and a veterinary journalist. In the operating room, Dr. Campbell specializes in orthopedic, soft tissue, and minimally invasive surgery. He currently practices at VetSurg, a specialty surgical practice in Ventura, California.  On the media landscape, Dr. Campbell is a host, author, and producer. He is the Chief Creative Officer and host for VetCandy Watch, he is the host of two popular podcasts, Anything Pawsible and The Dr. Courtney Show.  Previously, he was the co-host of Pet Talk, an innovative talk show on Nat Geo Wild which was completely dedicated to pet health. Dr. Campbell is a regular veterinary correspondent and pet health expert on WebMD, The Rachael Ray Show, CBS The Doctors, Home and Family, KTLA and other daytime talk shows. He was recently awarded the Excellence in Journalism and Contributions to the Pet Health Industry at the Global Pet Expo for 2020. Dr. Campbell feels he has really tapped into his passion with a life shared between veterinary surgery, veterinary journalism, and exploring the depth of the human-animal bond. He is thrilled to be a member of the DVMC and he also hopes that his membership with three other organizations – including the AVMA DEI Commission, ACVS DEI Commission, and Pawsibilities VetMed – will help create a more pluralistic and inclusive veterinary profession. He celebrates the rich diversity of those of us who share a common love of animal health.



Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA
Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM.  After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice.  As he was running his practice, he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA. As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator.

Politically, he served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. He just completed three years as the Chair of the Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee of the AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division

In the veterinary industry, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance. Dr. Weinstein has provided small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting

After 14 years, Dr. Weinstein retired from his role as the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association to pursue other interests including teaching at Western University.

He was the 2018 Speaker of the Year for the Western Veterinary Conference Practice Management Section.  And in 2021 for the VMX Practice Management section.  He co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian- Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”. Dr. Weinstein has spoken and written extensively on practice management, team building, leadership, collegiality, marketing, and other topics focused on making the veterinary profession better for all those affiliated with it.

Dr Weinstein lives in Orange County, California with his wife Sharon, two daughters (one a veterinary student at Oregon State), two dogs, and Bazinga, a Senegal parrot.

There will be a $50.00 late cancellation/no-show fee for those who cancel their registration after 6/2/2022 or fail to attend the event on 6/12/22.



(Sunday) 9:00 am - 12:45 pm


Western University Health Sciences Health Education Center

701 East Second St.


Allyne Moon, RVT, CCFPmembershipdesk@scvma.org 5576 Corporate Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

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