Committed to Enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Veterinary Profession
By: Christina Lood & Christine Jenkins
At Zoetis, we know our colleagues make the difference in our success and make us stronger. Valuing diversity, prioritizing openness and belonging, and ensuring equity of opportunity for all colleagues can help us improve the quality of our innovations, collaborations and relationships. It’s why we are striving to create and nurture an environment where colleagues can succeed, and all feel as we belong. We believe the same is true for the veterinary profession, and we are committed to accelerating inclusion, equity and more diverse representation across our company and in the veterinary community.
Our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy starts with supporting our own colleagues, and we are relentlessly working to create and nurture an environment where each colleague can succeed. With that in mind, in May we formed a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council at Zoetis, which represents a diverse group of colleagues across locations, functions and communities; they serve as ambassadors and champions for our DE&I initiatives. To further support our colleagues’ DEI journeys, this fall we hosted our first Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. The key takeaway: Having the courage to listen more and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable can build greater understanding of each other and lead to a more inclusive workplace. After understanding the state of diversity at Zoetis, we have developed aspirations for change to make Zoetis and our industry more inclusive, including specific aspirations focused on increasing diverse representation within our company by the end of 2025.
Supporting and partnering with the communities where we live and work is another important aspect of our DEI strategy. By collaborating with other organizations for a common purpose, we can reach our goals more effectively. Our CEO Kristin Peck made a public commitment on behalf of Zoetis to advance diversity and inclusion in our workplace by signing the CEO Action Pledge for Diversity & Inclusion. With this pledge, Zoetis joins more than 1,400 signatory companies across industries working together to share best practices, exchange ideas and learnings so we can all build more inclusive workplaces. In addition, we are extremely proud that Dr. Christine Jenkins, U.S. chief medical officer and vice president, veterinary medical services and outcomes research at Zoetis, was selected as a CEO Action for Racial Equity fellow. Representing Zoetis, Dr. Jenkins is among nearly 250 CEO Action signatory fellows working together to identify, develop and promote scalable and sustainable public policies and corporate engagement to address societal systemic racism and social injustice, and improve societal well-being. Fellows will focus their efforts on four key areas of societal well-being: education, healthcare, public safety and economic empowerment. Dr. Jenkins also serves as co-chair of a new commission formed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout the veterinary profession. She co-chairs with Dr. Ruby L. Perry, secretary of the AAVMC and dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.
We invite you to learn more about Zoetis’ actions and aspirations for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company and veterinary profession.