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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Monday, January 27, 2014

LGVMA Student Leadership Award Winners

The LGVMA has announced the winners of their annual Student Leadership Awards for 2013!

The LGVMA has provided these awards to students interested in participating in leadership conferences that will facilitate their participation in organized veterinary medicine and to students developing programs in line with the LGVMA's mission and vision.  The mission and vision are detailed in the original call for applications posted on this blog.

LGVMA Vision: “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.” 

Congratulations to  Randi E. Frankle, at the University of California, and Celena Quist, at Oklahoma State University.

Both winners plan to use their awards to create a more inclusive environment at their veterinary school. According to the LGVMA press release "both demonstrated a history of leadership on campus and had strong plans to support the betterment of animal care and human acceptance." Randi E. Frankle plans to reestablish the student chapter of the LGVMA at UC Davis and jump start the organization with lectures and networking events to help build community. We wish Randi the best developing an inclusive environment at UC Davis for LGBT members of the veterinary community at UC Davis. Celena Quist plans to establish an educational program to "create a positive, enlightening experience for non-LGBTQ college community members". This programing will include invited speakers, activities and discussions that educate individuals on the use of inclusive language and explain the importance of allies. Celena hopes these activities will help create a safe space and promote mutual understanding at Oklahoma State.

We're very happy to spread this news to other students. Congratulate these students if you know them! Don't forget that support from Hill's Pet Nutrition and Zoetis make these awards possible!