The Diversify Veterinary Medicine Coalition (DVMC) has named Dr. Kemba Marshall, MPH, DVM, DABVP as its Executive Consultant. As the DVMC continues to grow, this newly created position will help bolster its efforts, drive awareness to the cause and aid the organization in meeting its objectives.
With a decade of private practice experience, a deep understanding of nonprofit operations, and a passion for driving diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging(DEIB) in the animal and agricultural industries, Dr. Marshall will bring extensive expertise and knowledge to her new position with the DVMC. In her role, she will be responsible for board and committee organization, governance support, and driving awareness through effective communication.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Marshall into this role as an exciting step in the growth and impact potential of the DVMC,” said DVMC Chair of the Board Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH. “With her breadth of experience in veterinary medicine and passion and background in our mission, she is a fantastic addition to this committed group.
“I couldn’t be more excited to see how her contributions will even further elevate and accelerate the impact we are able to make around BIPOC representation in the veterinary field.” Dr. Marshall currently serves as the Director of Veterinary Services at Land O’ Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center, where she oversees the diagnostic laboratory and coordinates human-animal safety training, biosecurity and Institutional Care and Animal Use Committee activities. With a specialty in avian and exotic animal medicine, her previous places of employment include PetSmart Corporate,IDEXX Laboratories, the University of Texas at Southwestern, Metroplex Veterinary Centre and Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic.
“I’m looking forward to rolling up our sleeves to advance our profession and make it more welcoming for the young people who are to come behind us,” Dr. Marshall said.
About the DVMC: The DVMC is a group of committed animal health organizations and individuals coming together to increase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) representation in veterinary medicine –which will improve and expand access to quality care for more animals. We aim to create lasting change through scholarship and mentorship programs that bolster students at each step of their journey, education grants that open doors, and real-world success stories that make way for progress. In doing this, we hope to spark a movement that continues to grow in the veterinary industry.