The extraordinary Crystal Heath, DVM, joins the podcast this week for a desperately needed conversation about the veterinary profession and the alarming attitude of so many of its members toward animal rights. Dr. Heath, who is a vegan animal rights activist herself, shares shocking truths about the influence the animal agriculture industry holds over veterinary schools across the country. In fact, the very industry killing billions of farmed animals is shaping the vets of tomorrow. Dr. Heath also tells us about Our Honor, the organization she founded to provide support for veterinarians who want to buck the system, and shares her incredible activist efforts, including how she’s helping veterinary students advocate for more humane medical practices, how she’s empowering other vegan veterinarians, how she’s challenging the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and how she and other veterinarians are fighting to stop the hideously cruel practice of ventilation shutdown.
Dr. Crystal Heath is a resident of Berkeley, California, and a graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She currently works in shelter medicine and high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter. She has a lifelong love of animals and enjoys volunteering in rural communities and providing veterinary services to needy populations. Dr. Heath is on the founding committee of Veterinarians Against Ventilation Shutdown, urging the AVMA to re-classify ventilation shutdown as a “not recommended” depopulation method. She is also the founder of Vet Harmony, a veterinary practice providing accessible care and educating the public, and Our Honor, an organization empowering animal professionals who want to speak their conscience and create more ethical systems within the field.
“We have to get the conversation going and talk with veterinary medical associations about envisioning the future of animals that doesn’t rely on exploitation. That future exists.” – Dr. Crystal Heath
- Why certain veterinary schools continue to kill healthy animals to practice surgical techniques and how students are working tirelessly to bring that practice to an end
- The prevalence of imposter syndrome in veterinary school and how it harms animals
- How future veterinarians can learn everything they need to know without harming animals
- Why Dr. Heath believes that ventilation shutdown could be a turning point in opening veterinarians’ eyes to what is going on in the animal agriculture industry
- Why veterinarians and the AVMA need to help build connections to animal rights groups to create a future for animals where fewer animals are hurt
- Why the future involves investing our money in plant-based alternatives rather than pouring funds into slaughterhouses
- How advocates can connect with veterinarians for expert guidance and advice
Connect with Crystal Heath:
- Dr. Heath on Twitter
- Dr. Heath on Instagram
- Veterinarians Against Ventilation Shutdown Website
- Our Honor Website
- Vet Harmony Website
- The Green Pill Podcast
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