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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Saturday, April 6, 2013

LGVMA turns 20 at the AVMA's 150th Anniversary Convention in Chicago. Twenty Years of Community Building, Support and Education

Save the Date!

Friday, July 19, 2013
Hyatt Regency Chicago  at 151 E. Wacker Dr.
            Room: Wrigley
  • 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM  LGVMA Board Meeting*
  • 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM  LGVMA Annual Meeting*
  • 6:30 PM  Networking Dinner TBA*
*All LGVMA members and interested non-members, spouses, friends, significant others and allies are encouraged and invited to attend!

  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    • 7:00 PM Networking Dinner in Boy’s Town TBA**
    • Followed by a FUN night out exploring gay Chicago **
** All LGVMA members and interested non-members, spouses, friends, significant others and allies are encouraged and invited to attend!

  • Sunday, July 21, 2013
    • LGVMA's 20th Anniversary Lecture and Reception sponsored by Zoetis
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place  at 2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr.     Directly Adjacent to the Convention Center
Room CC20BC
  • 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Keynote Lecture***
Roosevelt University President Charles Middleton
LGBT Activism and Professional Empowerment in 2013
  • 7:00 PM-8:00 PM LGVMA 20th Anniversary Reception sponsored by Zoetis***
*** All LGVMA members and interested non-members, spouses, friends, significant others, allies, Deans, veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians and staff are encouraged and invited to attend!

  • LGVMA Info-Booth at the Convention
Saturday, July 20 through Tuesday, July 23
LGVMA is looking for volunteers to help staff our booth and welcome attendees. (info@lgvma.org)
Stop By and Say Hello!

RSVP to info@lgvma.org to receive updates or check our calendar at www.lgvma.org

All events are open to everyone!

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