About Our Organization

Mission Statement
Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association’s mission is to connect, support and empower community for LGBT+* students and allies across veterinary education.
*LGBT + will be used as an inclusive acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer,Questioning, Asexual and others who self-identify on the sexual orientation and/or gender expression continuums.

Vision Statement
Broad Spectrum desires greater support and a sense of community for all LGBT+ students and allies throughout veterinary medical education. We actively strive to counter episodes of bigotry and marginalization with positive messages of diversity and inclusion. We have healthy, supportive and encouraging relationships with pre-veterinary, veterinary and graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators. We are known for advocating for the respect and equality of seen and unseen LGBT+ members in the academic veterinary community and beyond. We contribute to the development of safe and welcoming veterinary school environments for pre- and current veterinary students. Broad Spectrum makes veterinary schools more inclusive for all students, especially LGBT+ students. We accomplish this by starting important and courageous conversations about LGBT+ inclusion, in addition to maintaining much needed support for LGBT+ students in veterinary medicine.

Our History

We were founded in 2011 at the SAVMA Symposium hosted by UC Davis. The name 'Broad Spectrum' came out of a calculated attempt to be as inclusive as possible to any student who falls anywhere on the spectra of sexuality, sex, or gender. We welcome all students no matter their sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression. And yes, allies, this means we welcome you, too!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

LGVMA and BSVSA Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting

     Your Broad Spectrum VSA leaders have finally made it to Las Vegas for the LGVMA Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting. We are looking forward to working with the members of the LGVMA to discuss future hopes for both organizations! Pictures and updates will follow at the end of the weekend! Want to stay in the loop? Here is a rough itinerary of what the weekend will be like. We hope to get a lot accomplished for the future of both LGVMA and BSVSA!

Friday, February 15

            6:00 PM         Introduction to the Retreat                                                  J. Lloyd
·      Purpose
·      Expected outcomes
·      Process
Background (large group)
·      LGVMA History
·      Previous LGVMA strategic planning
o   Mission
o   Strategic priorities
·      Pre-Retreat Survey
Plan for Tomorrow
            8:00 PM         Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 16

            8:00                Breakfast Buffet
            9:00                Opening Comments                                                              J. Lloyd
                                    Identification of Strategic Issues
        • Discuss Pre-Retreat Survey Results (small groups)
          • Mission
          • Core Values
          • Strengths
          • Weaknesses
          • Opportunities
          • Threats
        • Vision (small groups)
            10:30              Break
            10:45              Continue Discussions
            12:30 PM       Lunch (on your own – food court and restaurants)
1:30                Review and Prioritize Strategic Issues
            2:30                Action Planning Discussions (small groups)
            3:15                Break
            3:30                Continue Action Planning Discussions
            5:30                Adjourn for the Day

6:30 PM         Optional Dinner Buffet (RSVP if interested)

Sunday, February 17

            8:00 AM         Breakfast Buffet
            9:00                Review Progress                                                        J. Lloyd
9:15                Continue Action Planning Discussions
            10:30              Break
10:45              Continue Discussions
            12:30 PM       Summary, Reflection, and Next Steps
            1:00                Adjourn for the Meeting

            1:30 PM          Optional desert hike and lunch (RSVP if interested)

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