Monica's mission to break down barriers to veterinary professions
Dr Monica Bando is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Professional and Clinical Skills. Monica is also the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead.
Monica joined UCLan to contribute to a new, innovative, animal-welfare focused veterinary school. Monica aim's to create a culture of inclusion by breaking down barriers to veterinary professions.
“I am half Japanese, half Norwegian/German and was born in Tokyo, raised in Japan, Singapore, Norway, and the U.S. I studied wildlife ecology and conservation in Florida, marine biology in Alaska, and completed my veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand and my PhD in the U.S (Washington state). I worked hard and was also very fortunate for the opportunities to work internationally in private practice, charities, wildlife conservation and welfare research, and academia.
Through my varied experiences, it became apparent how much work needs to be done across the globe to improve the lives of all animals, which spurred me to become an ethical vegan. My experiences also made me realise how imperative it is to educate and empower future veterinarians to embrace their role in advocating for better animal welfare."
"That is why I was so eager to join this incredible team here at UCLan, for the unique opportunity to contribute to a new, innovative, animal-welfare focused veterinary school that is also committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging by breaking down barriers to veterinary and allied animal-care professions.
I feel very fortunate to be a part of a team who values our diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences, and also prioritises staff and student wellbeing. As a veterinary profession we need to do more in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion, and our new School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to doing our part."
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