built by and for
veterinary teams

blendvet™ is owned and backed by a diverse group of vet med leaders prioritizing the people of our industry.

Our team has been in your shoes.

Dr. Niccole Bruno
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Niccole Bruno, is the CEO & Founder of blendvet™, a veterinary hospital certification program in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). As an Afro-Latina, Dr. Bruno's navigation into veterinary medicine has had its share of challenges. During her career, the experiences of racism, misogyny, and stereotypical behaviors, caused Dr. Bruno to develop a sense of disengagement from a profession she once dearly loved. Nevertheless, her perseverance prevailed and her passion for veterinary medicine resumed when she was offered the role of Medical Director, for a veterinary hospital in Long Island, NY. For roughly eight years, her sincere and dedicated service as a hospital leader in both NY and Houston fueled her heartfelt endeavors to ensure a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.

Today, Dr. Bruno continues in her efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion through speaking engagements, mentorship, and building the pathway of BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) into the profession. Following completion of the Purdue University and Inclusion program in 2020, her awareness, continual exploration, and study into the diversity deficiencies of our profession, ignited her vision to create blendvet™.

Blendvet was launched in December 2021 at Fetch DVM 360’s San Diego conference where a track was offered in DEIB.  In the Fall of 2022, blendvet’s program officially launched at Lincoln Memorial University Masters of Clinical Care, a program for veterinary technicians. In 2023, Blendvet™ launched its first hospital certification program with Rarebreed Veterinary Partners. In addition to veterinary educational training, blendvet has executed several pathway events at veterinary conferences such as the American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA)and at the North Atlantic Veterinary Conference (NAVC) VMX 2023.  

Dr. Bruno currently serves as an Advisory Board member for Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and Pawsibillities, a mentorship platform for BIPOC students interested in veterinary medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys activities with her family, traveling, her Peloton, football, and binge-watching her favorite shows.  

Dr. Genine Ervin-Smith
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Genine Ervin-Smith is a Los Angeles, California native, and a 2007 graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she continued in her studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to receive a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Global Health Sciences.

Her veterinary journey has spanned across the avenues of clinical practice, investigative analysis, community activism, and leadership as a multi-unit hospital Director of Veterinary Quality for Banfield Pet Hospitals in Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas, Research & Development veterinarian with Virbac US, and Chief of Staff for Veterinary Centers of America, Inc. (VCA).

While the majority of Dr. Ervin-Smiths career has been positive, she has also witnessed and been exposed to nepotism and systemic disempowerment among multiple levels of veterinary culture. Despite the continued stereotypes, manipulation, and prejudice she’s endured from colleagues and clientele, she continues toward changing the hospital climate for the better and focuses on her accolades & accomplishments as reminders of achievable success.

Dr. Ervin-Smith has an infinite love for traveling and the arts, and she and her husband currently reside within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, enjoying every opportunity to mentor others and create opportunities for growth and change!

Opeyemi Oyekanmi, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer

Stiles Foster
Chief Learning Officer

Sara Ott
Head of Marketing & Design

Aaron Davis
Pathway Program Director

Alycia Washington, DVM
E-learning Specialist

Ebony Richardson
Social Media Manager

Our industry is ready to evolve.

We are supported by a group of advisors and collaborators building a better future in veterinary medicine.


Addie Reinhard, DVM, MS
Founder & CEO, MentorVet

Alyssa Mages, BS, CVT
CVO, Empowering Vet Teams (EVT)

Andrew Luna
Founder & CEO, hound

Billy Worthy Jr, MSIS, BS
DEI  Student Support Coordinator, Academic Affairs

Bonnie E. Price, DVM, MPH
Associate Professor Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University

Ginger Templeton, DVM, MS, CPC
CEO and Leadership Development Coach, Vet to Vet Coaching, LLC

Irving McConnell, DVM
Founder & CEO, The McConnell Group

Jasmine Bruno, DVM
Forensic Veterinarian

Josh Vaisman, MAPPCP (PgD)
Lead Positive Change Agent, Flourish Veterinary Consulting

Joya Griffin, DVM, ACVD
Star of Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya on Disney+ & Nat Geo

LaKisha A. Watson, CPLC
Independent Operations Executive

Laura P Clark, DVM, PhD
Sr Academic Affairs Manager in Academic & Professional Affairs, Zoetis

Mariea Ross-Estrada, DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Small Animal Primary Care, North Carolina State University

Sam Morello DVM, DACVS
Morello Veterinary Insights, LLC
Associate Professor, Cornell Center for Veterinary Business & Entrepreneurship

Timbrala Marshall, DVM
Former Director of Equity Inclusion & Diversity, VCA

Will Draper, DVM
CEO & Founder, The Village Vets Practice Group

Zenith Ng, DVM, MS, ABVP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Practice, University of Tennessee

speakers & educators

Angie Arora, MSW, RSW
Veterinary Wellness Coach, Educator & Advocate

Christina Whetsel
DVM Candidate, Michigan State University

Christopher Inniss, DVM
Gwinnett County Area Chief of Staff, Banfield

Erika Lin-Hendel, VMD, PhD

Mariacamila Garcia Estrella, MPH
DVM Candidate, Cornell University

Mia Cary, DVM
CEO, Cary Consulting

Pam Hale, DVM, MBA
Consulting Chief Operating Officer

Quincy Hawley, DVM
Co-Founder, Get MotiVeted

Rhesa Houston, DVM
Principal Consultant, Assistance Animals Consulting 

Sarah Hammond, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Tyron Vereen, Ed.D, MPA, MS.Ed, PMP, MCHES
Sr. Project Manager, Harris County Public Health

Valerie Marcano, DVM, PhD
CEO, Pawsibilities

Walter Brown, BS, RVTg ,VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Liaison, United Veterinary Care

DEIB training for all of vet med

We offer everything from single session modules to full-service workplace certifications, all created specifically with veterinary medicine in mind.

On-Demand CE Modules

First launch now LIVE!

Set your own pace and access on demand modules that fit your needs. Each module is tailored specifically for vet med.

  • All RACE-approved
  • Research coupled with first-hand experiences
  • Reflective exercises
  • Resources to positively impact workplace culture
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Individual Certification

First cohort starts Jan. 2024!

Over 10 weeks, you'll join other veterinary professionals as you deepen your understanding of DEIB aspects & their application.

  • 7 RACE-approved modules
  • Facilitated enrichment sessions
  • Community & discussion
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Workplace Certification

Customized to fit your needs!

As a whole team, you'll utilize the individual perspectives of team members to address & advance the adoption of DEIB.

  • Team cultural assessment
  • Leadership workshop
  • 7 RACE-approved modules
  • Access to ongoing DEIB sustainability coaching
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