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, July 26, 2013

WisCARES, a program that supports veterinary care for HIV people in southern Wisconsin

Dear classmates and friends,

Please join BSVSA and LGVMA in supporting recent grad, Dr. William Gilles in his graduation effort in riding in the Wisconsin AIDS Ride. Dr. Gilles is a founding member of Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association and was awarded an LGVMA 2012 Veterianry Student Leadership Award (sponsored by Zoetis and Hills Pet Nutrition). Liam used this $1500 grant to help found WisCARES, a program that supports veterinary care for HIV people in southern Wisconsin. Please help Liam go over his fundraising goal! Congratulations Liam.

Here is a note from Liam:

     In case you didn't know, I'm riding in the Wisconsin ACT Ride this summer. It's a 300 mile, 4 day bike ride raising money for the Aids Network, an organization that provides social, medical, dental and other services to HIV positive individuals living in southern Wisconsin. This is also the organization that has been extremely helpful in getting WisCARES up and running and has worked closely with me and some other veterinary professionals to get better access to veterinary care for HIV positive people in the area.
The ride is next week, and I'm still deep in fund raising - any small amount you could give would be extremely helpful! Or even a word of encouragement - it might get pretty hot and brutal out there. If you do want to contribute a bit, the link to my site is as follows:


I always said I would bike it when I finished vet school (I have volunteered for crew the past few years) and here I am!
Thanks for considering it and all your support in everything over the years, each one of you has made this profession mean more than I thought it could to be involved in

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