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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Thursday, November 7, 2013

UPDATE: AAVMC LGBT Student Climate Survey

For those of you that aren't familiar with the AAVMC outside of your veterinary college applications, the AAVMC has been working hard the past few years to understand the campus climate with regards to diversity at the veterinary colleges.

How did we get to the LGBT Student Climate Survey?
In the Spring of 2011 the AAVMC launched the AAVMC-AVMA DiVersity Matters Climate Survey.  With an overall response rate of 48.1%, the survey was able to get a clearer picture of the LGBT community within the nation's veterinary colleges.  These initial findings allowed the AAVMC to narrow in on the LGBT student experience with a focused LGBT Student Experience Survey in the Fall of 2012.  The LGBT Student Experience Survey was an open answer survey, which is still being analyzed.

Impressions of the LGBT Student Climate Survey based on the webinar:

We are so thankful that the AAVMC has undertaken this task and is pushing to improve the student experience for future veterinarians across the country.


College Leadership: Tufts and University of Florida

Congratulations Deans!

This summer at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) meeting, the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) held their annual meeting where two leadership awards were given out.  These awards honor individuals who have supported inclusion and diversity in veterinary medicine by using their leadership position to facilitate change.

The awards were given out to Dean Kochevar, at Tufts, and Dean Lloyd, at University of Florida.

If you want more details, here is the article on the Tufts website.  Get the word out and lets celebrate some wonderful leadership in veterinary medicine!



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

LGVMA Student Leadership Awards

Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association

Applications Open for the
2013 LGVMA Veterinary Student Leadership Awards

Thanks to the generosity of Zoetis, LGVMA is proud to offer two (2) leadership grants in 2013 to veterinary students, each in an amount not to exceed $1,500 for leadership activities and/or programs that are aligned with the LGVMA’s organizational mission and vision.

Specifically, grant requests will be accepted and considered for proposals in the following areas:
1)       Veterinary medical students who seek assistance to participate in leadership development programs/conferences that will enhance their personal leadership skills and foster their active participation in organized veterinary medicine. (Eg: travel, lodging, registration for conferences, etc)
2)        Veterinary students who wish to develop and implement programs within the veterinary community that are aligned with the LGVMA mission and vision. (Eg: lecture program, fundraiser, community development, school chapter events, etc.

Mission: The LGVMA is the professional organization that fosters acceptance, inclusivity and leadership for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students, of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and their allies, through community development, professional advocacy, and personal empowerment.

Vision: Our vision is a veterinary profession in which we all live to our full potential, both personally and professionally, conduct our lives openly and with integrity, and freely share our experience and wisdom for the betterment of and care of ourselves, our profession, our clients and all animals.

 Interested individuals or groups­ should submit a 1 page proposal to admin@lgvma.org. Including:

1)       A brief personal biography
2)       An overview of your leadership grant request and how it meets our mission and vision.
3)       Brief itemized cost for this grant* and/or program** amount being requested (not to exceed $1500)
4)       An outcome statement describing short and long term goals
5)       Applicant must be a member of the LGMVA and veterinary student in a North American or similarly accredited school at the time of submission. LGVMA membership is open to everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. To become a member visit us online: www.lgvma.org
6)       Final written report post-event required for newsletter, Good News!

Application deadline: December 15, 2013.
Grant recipients to be announced by: mid-January 2014
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