Moving beyond words on diversity

25 Jul 2020

Loeb, J.

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Mandisa Greene has made history by becoming the first black president of the RCVS.

As she said at her inauguration, this would have been unthinkable for any woman – let alone a black woman – when the college was set up in 1844.

While her presidency is a visible symbol of progress on a road to making the profession more diverse, many will no doubt agree with Greene that there remains plenty to do to widen access to vet surgeon degrees and careers.

This week, in an interview with me, Greene describes how she is keen to see the vet profession become truly reflective of diverse 21st century Britain (see pp 52–53). She brings a positive message – she doesn’t think the profession is institutionally racist, and, since the UK has no shortage of gifted black and minority ethnic people, she believes positive change will happen (albeit not overnight).