Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

During our science education, veterinarians and veterinary technicians learn that genetic diversity and biodiversity make for a stronger species or a stronger ecosystem—one that is more able to adapt to change and external pressures, compared with its non-diverse counterpart. Taken at face value, then, diversity and inclusion would seem to be traits for a group, a practice, a business, a company, or an association to strive for. But it’s not always easy.

Diversity means the condition of having or being composed of differing elements or an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities.

That’s why we’ve created this Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) area of the AVMA Web site. We hope you find the books, journal articles, videos, personal accounts, and other organizations that are accessible through the links below to be a useful resource to learn how and why diversity and inclusion efforts can make your work “ecosystem” a more vital, resilient, and thriving environment.

Inclusion means the act of including (to have someone or something as part of a group or total), or the state of being included, or a relation between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second.

And, if you are an AVMA or SAVMA member and want to connect with colleagues in an ongoing, online conversation on D&I issues, initiatives, and ideas, please join our Access and Opportunity in Veterinary Medicine LinkedIn group.

The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) area of the AVMA Web site is a work in progress and we encourage collegial member input to esabin@avma.org.