AVMA reaffirms its policy on diversity and inclusion

We are all affected by the heart-breaking tragedy in Minneapolis and as reactions reverberate across the country. These are unsettling times – and it is exact times such as these that we can unite and recognize that diversity and inclusion have never been more important.

On behalf of the AVMA and its members, we reaffirm our Diversity and Inclusion Policy:

The AVMA is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession of veterinary medicine so that we can best serve the animals, the public, and our members. Our goal is to mirror the growing diversity of the communities we serve and to promote an understanding of their varied needs. To this end, we are committed to actively promoting and maintaining diversity and inclusion in our membership, leadership, and organization, and educating our members regarding the value of diversity and inclusion. This commitment embraces the value of the many areas of the veterinary profession, and the value of our members' and their clients' varied backgrounds, including but not limited to race; ethnicity; physical and mental abilities; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; parental, marital, or pregnancy status; religious or political beliefs; military or veteran status; and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

We are committed to actively promoting and maintaining diversity and inclusion in our membership, leadership, and organization.