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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

  3/13/2018

 The Value of Diversity and Inclusion in the Veterinary Community

A Joint Statement from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association, the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

​The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA), the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) share a commitment to the veterinary profession and all its members.

We embrace the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for respect in our personal interactions. We believe diversity fosters a climate conducive to success for all members of the veterinary medical education community and affirm the value of human diversity for the enrichment of our communities.

We stand together as organizations representing the veterinary community to affirm the right of freedom of expression of thoughts and opinions and recognize that learning and teaching thrive in this type of environment. We promote open expression of our individuality and diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect.

As such, we applaud the Starkville, Mississippi's City Council as it revisited and approved the application for the city's first gay pride parade. We support veterinary students in this community, across the country and beyond who identify as LGBT as well as LGBT veterinary clients in our communities.

Furthermore, we join voices to reject any use of veterinary science to undermine the equal treatment of our profession's diverse population. Countless scientific articles show that same-sex coupling and chromosomal gender diversity across species is a naturally occurring phenomena and we believe there is an opportunity for greater teaching on such differences in all medical curricula.

For more information, please visit the AAVMC's Principles of Inclusion and the American Veterinary Medical Association's Policy on Diversity and Inclusion.

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About AAVMC
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico. Visit www.aavmc.org.

About LGVMA
The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) fosters acceptance and inclusivity for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the veterinary profession. For more information, visit their website at www.lgvma.org.

About BSVSA
The mission of the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA) is to connect, support and empower a community for LGBT+ veterinary students and allies across veterinary education among North American and Caribbean colleges. Broad Spectrum, founded at the SAVMA Symposium 2011 at UC Davis, is the student-run national leadership board and umbrella organization for LGBT+ veterinary campus chapters and is mentored by the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA). Visit www.lgvma.org.

About NAVTA
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of veterinary technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. For more information about NAVTA, visit their website at www.navta.net.