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Black Veterinary History

Zalk Veterinary Medical Library highlights Black veterinarians and veterinary history from their collection and beyond.


Kauline Cipriani


Kauline Cipriani, PhD, most recently assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, joined the Gillings School on Feb. 19, 2018.Cipriani, who earned Master of Science and doctoral degrees in microbiology and genetics and food microbiology at Purdue, previously served as co-director of Purdue’s Center of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine and assistant professor in the university’s departments of food science and comparative pathobiology.

Her leadership helped Purdue’s veterinary college become a national leader in diversity and inclusion, with replicable models and measurable results. In 2017, the college was named an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award recipient.

In her previous roles at Purdue, she led the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to enhance access, diversity and inclusive excellence, both at the college and university levels, and also worked in academic affairs.

Her recent professional publications focus on the impact of gender and race/ethnicity on young people’s career aspirations, specifically related to veterinary medicine. She is co-author of a chapter on cultural competence in Veterinary Medical Education: A Practical Guide and co-editor and chapter author for Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, the first book on diversity within academic veterinary medicine.

Source: UNC Gillings School of Public Health. New assistant dean for inclusive excellence selected. 2017.