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 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA), Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA) and 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.