A new scholarship scheme aimed at improving diversity within the veterinary industry is being launched by one of Europe’s leading veterinary groups.
IVC Evidensia has just announced the scholarship scheme will fund up to 12 undergraduates from BAME, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, communities for the next applicable vet school intake.
Amanda Boag, Group Referral Director, is leading activity to launch the scholarship and will be working with universities and other partners to raise awareness of the available funding.
“As industry leaders, we need to make sure we are at the forefront of driving the industry forward. Encouraging diversity within our group is hugely important to us and this scholarship scheme is a great start. It will help pave the way for more positive changes in the industry we work in and love, improving it for future generations”, Amanda Boag said.
As well as making funds available to BAME undergraduates, IVC Evidensia is also ensuring that a support network is in place with a BAME Scholarship Board, a mentoring programme and support for student societies.
Group Chief Executive, Steve Clarke said, “As a gay person who grew up in the 1970s and 80s, I fully understand prejudice and the impact it can have – especially in the workplace. We are committed to promoting equality in every aspect of our working lives, regardless of colour, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religion. We take seriously our responsibility to build a culture and organisation that respects diversity and inclusion. We take this stance not to garner publicity, but to demonstrate our support to all our workforce, and the clients and communities in which we all work.
He went on to say,
“The BAME scholarship scheme is part of this initiative. But it’s not just about giving money, it’s about action too. That’s why we also recognise the need to build a support network for these undergraduates to thrive and flourish, and we want our BAME colleagues to be fully involved in the planning of that support.”