In July, Broad Spectrum VSA attended its first American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, where we held our first national meeting. Our Broad Spectrum representatives discussed our mission with many prominent members of the veterinary community, including Dr. Wayne Hollingshead, LGVMA President; Dr. Ken Gorzyca, Executive Secretary of LGVMA; Dr. Mike Chaddock, Deputy Director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC); and Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity of the AAVMC.
Some highlights of the meeting included the creation of Starter Kits for LGVMA or LGBT-affiliated student groups, so that any group of students that wants to start a chapter will not be left to reinvent the wheel. The starter kit would include
- A constitution and bylaws
- A contact person for help
- An LGVMA contact
- Event and fundraising ideas
We also discussed our website which is currently in beta form. Here is a sneak peak!
We'll be going live with it VERY SOON and will keep you posted. The website will include
- Resources with links to school clubs-so if your club is not represented in our spreadsheet (see the previous blog post) let us know!
- Guide for New LGBT Groups
- Calendar of Upcoming Events
- Potentially a Members-Only section!
In the mean time, do let us know if your school is hosting any events, and we will share the information through our blog!
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