'Combat structural racism in the vet profession

27 Jun 2020

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By Josh Loeb

A petition demanding that the RCVS launch an investigation into racism has garnered more than 1000 signatures, including from vets and prospective vets.

The petition, launched on the website Change.org by Claire Burns, a campaigner from Sheerness in Kent, is addressed to RCVS president Niall Connell and calls on him to ensure that the college urgently investigates and combats ‘structural racism’ in the veterinary profession.

It states: ‘In light of George Floyd’s recent murder, we the countersigned call upon the RCVS to take urgent action to tackle racism that is an unacceptable but real part of veterinary medicine.’

It goes on to state that it is the profession’s ‘moral duty [to] denounce George’s death’ and stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

We need action and not just words

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