Dr. Julius Haruna, DVM, MVSc, DACVP
“As we celebrate Black History Month, I would like all STP members who are reading this message to always remember to treat all people fairly, provide a level playing ground for all irrespective of race and create an inclusive work environment that allows diverse cultures and ideas to flourish without anyone feeling left out, isolated, or deprived of a sense of belonging.
One of the challenges that I had to overcome in my early career as a toxicologic pathologist was that of self-confidence, as a result of feeling not being good enough or having to work much harder to prove your competence. To overcome this challenge, I had to constantly remind myself that I am very good at what I do, as I continued to develop my skills and knowledge in pathology and management which is a life-learning adventure! So, to any person of color who is right now thinking about or remotely considering a career in pathology, I would say: GO FOR IT!! I was an accidental pathologist because I wanted to become an equine veterinarian. But a twist of fate and destiny brought me into the most exciting and rewarding careering path I could never have imagined. ”