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, May 24, 2014


The 2014 AVMA Convention is taking place in Colorado this year.
Here's a quick summary of the LGVMA events taking place!
Keep on the look out for more details!

Friday, July 25th, 3-5pm
LGVMA Board Meeting

Friday, July 25th, 5-6pm
LGVMA Annual Meeting
-open to all members and allies
-meeting followed by dinner (RSVP to tstevens@morrisanimalfoundation.org)

Saturday, July 26th, TBD
LGVMA Night on the Town
-starting at Hamburger Mary's
-RSVP to tstevens@morrisanimalfoundation.org for details

Sunday, July 27th, TBD
Keynote Address, "Marketing Veterinary Services to the LGBTQ Community"
-appetizers and cocktail hour, sponsored by Zoetis

Also, if you're interested in staffing the LGVMA booth in the exhibition hall email Kim McKee (kimcheszak@yahoo.com)! They're covered for Saturday but need help on Sunday and Monday!

If you'll be in Colorado for the AVMA Convention then you should definitely attend!