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.

The AVMA strives to promote and maintain diversity and inclusion in the membership of AVMA and in the governance structure and staff of the Association itself.

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.

The AVMA strives to educate its members regarding the value of diversity within businesses and work places, and its role in improving animal and human health and advancing the veterinary medical profession in an ever-changing world.

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.

Additional Resources: 

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