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Today l am discussing disability as a veterinarian and student with the remarkable Dr. Christina Kaye. Dr. Kaye is a talented veterinarian who has congenital vision disabilities and has received visual accommodations throughout her academic and professional journey. 

We explore the importance of asking for help and what you could benefit from in terms of special accommodations. For Vet students, Dr. Kaye emphasizes the need to communicate with universities and be upfront about your needs. Accommodation is the magic word, and investigating options is key. With the right support veterinarians with disabilities can have thriving careers regardless of their disabilities, both physical and mental.

There are resources for employees and employers such as Title 1 and  ADA which cover accommodation requirements, and guidance.  It’s crucial to know your rights, get written information, and do your due diligence. Speaking up and advocating for yourself is essential, make sure you know who handles this in your hospital. 

Feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to start? We suggest checking out resources such as the Ask JAN (Job Accommodation Network), a robust website with tons of tools, documentation, and free information. Disabled DVM and Docs with Disabilities are also great sources of inspiration and education.

Dr. Kaye drives home the point that you owe it to yourself to get what you need to succeed. Don’t let any disabilities hold you back; speak up, ask for help, and pursue your dreams.

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  • The importance of asking for help and seeking special accommodations as a veterinarian or vet student.
  • The key role of communication with universities and investigating accommodation options.
  • Thriving careers that are available to veterinarians with disabilities.
  • Valuable resources for employees and employers.

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