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Community Conversations - 4/15/24 - Natives in VetMed: A Guided Facilitation of their Journey, Moments of Enlightenment, and Vision for the Future

  • 1.  Community Conversations - 4/15/24 - Natives in VetMed: A Guided Facilitation of their Journey, Moments of Enlightenment, and Vision for the Future

    Posted 04-11-2024 11:21 AM

    Updated 4/15/24 at 1:32pm: Recording now available to watch on-demand!

    We hope to see you on the next Community Conversations call on Monday, 4/15/24 at 11am PT for another exciting panel discussion focused on Natives in VetMed: A Guided Facilitation of their Journey, Moments of Enlightenment, and Vision for the Future.

    We hear and maybe even say that representation matters--but what actions are we taking to empower representation? Let's look at what progress "commiserating" can generate. We will speak with Natives in VetMed members about their journey and why their experience matters in the veterinary and animal welfare space. They will discuss challenges and shining lights in their journey and why they continue to fight for a place in the animal field despite abundant barriers. By understanding their "why" it matters can help each of us make conscientious choices in our own areas.

    Facilitated by Dr. @Raye Taylor 

    Guest Speakers/Panelists: 

    • Summer Lara, Board Vice-President of Natives in VetMed
    • Kayla Plucinski, Board Member of Natives in VetMed
    • Jerilene Salabiye, Board Secretary of Natives in VetMed 
    • Lecia Mata, Board President of Natives in VetMed


    About Natives in VetMed:

    Natives in VetMed began as a small group of like-minded individuals in the veterinary medicine field. With the help of a trusted mentor, these individuals were connected and formed an instant camaraderie, and began to volunteer at different clinics based on serving Indigenous communities. As time passed on, and word spread of a group that supported Indigenous people within the veterinary field, the dream of forming a networking organization became reality. In April of 2022, Natives in VetMed officially began recruiting and brainstorming ideas for future events, and ways to build a community.

    Learn more and support the work of Natives In VetMed at https://www.nativesinvetmed.org/

    Please note this will be our last call for the month of April and our last call using the previous registration link. 

    Our Weekly Community Conversations calls have become so popular, we've reached of maximum capacity of registrants! Starting for the May 6th call and beyond, you will need to re-register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with the new link, which you can add to your calendar. You can re-register today and be good to go on May 6th.  https://maddies.fund/CommunityConvoRegistration2024

    As always, this discussion thread will be updated with the recording and resources so you can watch and share whenever you'd like.  After you watch the recording on-demand or attend the call live, be sure to complete this new April 2024 entry form to enter to win up to a $5,000 grant: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-apr24-giveaway.htm


    #AccesstoCare
    #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice
    #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization

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    Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: Community Conversations - 4/15/24 - Natives in VetMed: A Guided Facilitation of their Journey, Moments of Enlightenment, and Vision for the Future

    Posted 04-15-2024 01:56 PM

    Thanks to the 140+ people who joined us on today's Community Conversations call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. A massive thank you to our panel facilitator Dr. @Raye Taylor and our incredible panelists for sharing their stories of lived experiences and impact of the work Natives in Vet Med is making in animal well-being. Below you'll find a recap of today's call.

    Reminder: We will not be hosting a call the rest of this month and will see you again on May 6th. Please be sure to re-register for the Weekly Community Conversations call here: https://maddies.fund/CommunityConvoRegistration2024 

    4/15/24 Call Recap

    • Welcome from Hosts
    • Question of the Day: Name a mentor in your field that showed you this work was a possibility. 
      • "Nikki Manookian from Just Strays, in Westchester County NY taught me to trap, and help feral cats.  Greetings from Seattle!  April with Kotor Kitties." - April King
      • "Judy Goodman, Columbus Georgia" - Marianne Pestana
      • "Cheryl Schneider and Lisa Starr <3" - Misty Valenta
      • "Kent Robertson, my director in Dallas and Houston!!" - Vincent Medley
      • "Allison Cardona and Jordan Craig" - Rachel Williams
      • "Tallulah Trice" - Tricia Sebes
      • "Shout out to Natalie Corwin at Pet Community Center in Nashville for giving us the idea to start Pawster Nashville and giving us the confidence to do it!" - Gabe Horton
      • "Dr. Julie Levy, DVM & PhD, foremost expert on FeLV." - Margaret Tompkins
      • "Laurie Routhier and Suzanne Hollis from the SF SPCA in the 2010s."
      • " One of my mentors is Allison Gister, Chair Emeritus of PEAK Grantmaking, whom I grateful to since the start of my career." - Irene Chansawang
      • "Windi Wojdak. RVT and RAVS Director" - Elizabeth Berliner
      • "Shafonda Allen helped me see myself in the industry. She has persevered and overcome many challenges." - Shannon Roebuck
      • "San Diego Humane Society Staff, UC Davis Veterinary School, and Austin Browder & Linn Tyhurst Siskiyou County Animal Advocates. Hi everyone!" - Lola Victor

    • National Updates
      • New Registration for Community Conversations: Our Weekly Community Conversations calls have become so popular, we've reached of maximum capacity of registrants! Starting for the May 6th and beyond, you will need to re-register and start using the new link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the new link, which you can add to your calendar. You can re-register today and be good to go on May 6th: https://maddies.fund/CommunityConvoRegistration2024 
        • Be sure and add the new join link to your calendars when you get your confirmation email. Please note that we will not be holding Community Conversations on April 22nd and 29th.  
      • Register here for Humane Canada's Summit for Animals: https://reg.eventmobi.com/summitforanimals
      • Maddie's Fund Monthly Giveaways!  Enter here for a chance to win CA$H: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-apr24-giveaway.htm Open to all who are watching live or on-demand! Be sure to enter each week you attend!

      • Maddie's Pet Forum Monthly Giveaway: Maddie's Fund® is giving away a $3,000 grant each month to one lucky Maddie's® Pet Forum member. You'll automatically be entered to win each month when you start a new discussion, reply to a new post. More info: https://chewonthis.maddiesfund.org/2022/11/new-monthly-grant-opportunity/

    • Today's Presentation: Natives in VetMed: A Guided Facilitation of their Journey, Moments of Enlightenment, and Vision for the Future  
    • Highlights from the Chat
      • "I'm already so impressed with your efforts making the world a better place for animals and people! <3" - Janette Martin
      • "Thank you for sharing these parts of your culture, it is important for others to understand." - Shannon Roebuck
      • "Kayla … Monte does call himself an elder now 🙂" - Marilou Chanrasmi
      • "Thank you for your vulnerability, Jerilene! You've got this journey and you will be a great vet!" - Shannon Roebuck
      • "Your testimony is beautiful and something many of us can relate to." - Vincent Medley
      • "I can see you all being mentors, if not now, in the future!" - Irene Chansawang
      • "Jerilene, you are an amazing woman with so far to go!! Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us. We are all rooting for you to succeed!!" - Mary Flores
      • "Your courage to chase your dream is inspiring!" - Kate Marshall
      • "Jerilene you're going to be a great DVM 🙂 Your passion is beautiful and inspiring." - Ashley Rodriguez-Bishop
      • "Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado is a great school that has a 27% native student body" - Roxane Fritz
      • "You are all very impressive!" 
      • "I did my doctoral research on veterinarian schooling, and you prove what I researched that vet school needs to become more diverse. Keep charging forward. Make yourself proud." - Christina Avila
      • "Hi Jerilene, I lived in Las Cruces years ago and went to the University there briefly. Go Aggies! You are and will be amazing!" - Julielani Chang
      • "Hugs and <3 for you ladies for pushing forward past any and all barriers and difficulties." - Janette Martin
      • "I know you have your hands full supporting students in college and upwards in their studies, but have you considered how to partner with communities to help better prepare younger students for the culture shock of transitioning to college--?" - April King
      • "Please consider donating here: https://www.nativesinvetmed.org/support" - Marilou Chanrasmi
      • "you're amazing! Keep up the great work. Truly inspiring" - Ashley Rodriguez-Bishop
      • "Thanks to Red Rover for their partnership with NIVM and have funded travel scholarships!" - Marilou Chanrasmi
      • "Just joined your mailing list!" - Melinda Guffey
      • "I was checking it out from the Indigenous Animal Health and Wellbeing Gathering. Very beautiful pictures." 
      • "Thank you for sharing! So glad you were here!" - Marianne Pestana
      • "Loved hearing from you all today! Thank you, Summer, Kayla, Jerilene, Lecia and Dr. Taylor!!" - Irene Chansawang
      • "Thank you for sharing.  I look forward to helping here in New Mexico." - Vincent Medley
      • "Thank you all for being here and doing the work you do!" - Lola Victor
      • "Thank you for sharing. Wonderful organization and people." - Penny Leisch
      • "Do you need grant writing assistance or mentorship for things like the mobile clinic?" - Alexis Pagoulatos
        • "please send an email, that sounds great these students are helping while also full-time school/work. Thank you." - Dr. Raye Taylor
        • "I'm in Utah and will reach out via email to see what I and the Humane Society of Utah may be able to provide some level of support with." - Alexis Pagoulatos
      • "I loved hearing everything, this was a great call so far!" - Jackie Va
      • "Thank you for sharing all of this information! Very inspiring and moving. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!" - Samantha Cienfuegos
      • "Thank you everyone.  Really great organization." - Leesa Hanagan
      • "5 indigenous vet/vets in the making. In the same room. My first time witnessing this glory. 😭 My heart is full. Thank YOU. Thank Spirit!" - Aline Silva


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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 3.  RE: Community Conversations - 4/15/24 - Natives in VetMed: A Guided Facilitation of their Journey, Moments of Enlightenment, and Vision for the Future

    Posted 27 days ago

    We are located in Park Rapids Mn. We support the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth communities with food, supplies and shelter space. I have seen gradual progress over the years with internally driven programs in additional to externally based programs. Please contact me if you think my organization could be of assistance.



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    Rochelle Hamp
    Executive Director
    Headwaters Animal Shelter
    MN
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