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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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

AVMA Future Leaders

Here's an interesting opportunity for recent graduates who are interested in maintaining involvement with professional veterinary associations.

What is the AVMA Future Leaders Program?
This is a program built to provide a one-year opportunity open to those who have graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years, to bolster their leadership and problem-solving skills related to organized veterinary medicine. This program will help to further prepare individuals who have demonstrated interest in organized veterinary medicine, to be leaders for the AVMA and other veterinary medical associations at all levels.

Who can apply?
Current AVMA members who have graduated in the last 15 years.
Preference given to individuals who actively participated in SAVMA, SCAVMA, AVMA, or VLE.

Where will it take you?
Two in-person meetings in Schaumburg, Illinois - One meeting kick-off meeting to facilitate the team's start to their project and leadership and one meeting to facilitate the team's finalization of the project.

One in-person meeting at the AVMA VLC in Chicago, Illinois - Mid program meeting for leadership development, project work and networking with organized veterinary medicine leaders.

The 2014 AVMA Convention

How will you achieve your goals?
Through the execution of one focused project impacting the veterinary profession, participation in various leadership and project management training as determined by the team and professional facilitator, and (if applicable) identification of a recommended project for the following year’s Future Leaders team.

Nominations for the 2014-2015 Future Leaders class open in January 2014

For more information go to their website!


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