Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News
This month recognizes the sweeping impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have on history in the United States and around the globe. Pride Month encourages all to acknowledge the power of diversity, celebrate the uniqueness of our identities, and learn how to become an advocate for LGBTQ+ communities.
- The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) is an organization dedicated to fostering a better world for the LGBTQ+ community within veterinary medicine. Learn more about the history of LGBTQ+ people in the veterinary profession here and follow PrideVMC on Instagram and Facebook.
- From JAVMA: "Be inclusive, share your pronouns," April 28, 2021.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is a period for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
- The Association of Asian Veterinary Medical Professionals (AAVMP) is a newly formed veterinary community with a mission to inspire, empower and support Asian veterinary professionals internationally. Follow AAVMP on Facebook.
Women's History Month
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. In veterinary medicine, we celebrate the trailblazers of equine practice and the ever-growing impact of female veterinarians on the health and welfare of the horse and the future of the profession.
While the percentage of new graduating female veterinarians exceeds their male counterparts, gender disparities still exist within the field, from salaries to practice ownership. Eliminating these gaps will require the profession to continue its important focus on this issue.
Veterinary Pioneer: Florence Kimball, DVM, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1910, became the first American woman to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Cornell's veterinary body now comprises approximately 88 percent women.
Examining Gender Disparities: "Female Veterinarians Say Gender Disparity Remains an Uphill Battle": Wisconsin State Farmer
Black History Month
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The AAEP also honors in February the achievements of African-American veterinarians in the equine industry while also sharing resources to expand awareness within the veterinary community about diversity, equity and inclusion.
Diversity and Inclusion Resources for Veterinary Professionals:
The AVMA and the AAVMC offer several free webinars and podcasts which discuss diversity and equitable treatment in the profession. Visit the AVMA Diversity and Inclusion webpage to access their library.
Featured Podcast: AAVMC DiversityMatters
Episode - National Association for Black Veterinarians
Leaders from the National Association for Black Veterinarians talk about their role in promoting diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession. Drs. Renita Marshall and Raphael Malbrue discuss how the organization came to be, the goals, future organizational activities and overall efforts to improve representation within the profession.
By Dr. Ty Blanche, AAEP member
Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
AAVMC Indigenous Peoples Film Festival
In an effort to highlight indigenous people across the AAVMC’s membership, we are celebrating with a film festival.Simply watch the films centering indigenous actors & stories during November, and join us to discuss your thoughts on the indigenous cultures featured.
- Gather – United States (available on Netflix)
- Samson & Delilah – Australia (available on Amazon)
- Boy -New Zealand (available on Amazon)
- The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open – Canada (available on Netflix)
Join us to discuss the films on Zoom!
Dec. 2, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Register for the Zoom here
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2021
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
- The Latinx Veterinary Medical Association was created to form a community of Latinx excellence in veterinary medicine. The group welcomes veterinarians, veterinary professionals, students, and clients, and also welcome allies that are invested in furthering their mission.
Americans with Disabilities Act Day
Americans with Disabilities Act Day is July 26, commemorating the 1990 Act which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities. 40.7 million Americans qualified as having a disability in 2016, representing 12.9 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Increasingly that population owns pets or working or assistance animals.
Is your practice accessible to clients with disabilities? Read "Creating accessible veterinary spaces" from JAVMA.
AAEP Response to Violence Against the Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities: March 2021
The American Association of Equine Practitioners unreservedly denounces the racism and violence committed against Asian Americans. We steadfastly stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and commit to supporting our members, who deserve to feel safe and respected. The AAEP is guided by its recognition of the inherent values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and created a task force to lead our efforts to promote mutual respect for all within the equine veterinary community, while recognizing the importance of embracing and valuing different backgrounds, attributes and lived experiences of those from diverse communities.
The AAEP’s Position on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Equine Practice states:
The AAEP recognizes the historical lack of diversity within the equine veterinary profession and the importance of representation, inclusion and mutual respect for our members and stakeholders to thrive. The AAEP commits to creating permanent structural change by providing education, resources and mechanisms for continual evolution of our leadership and membership to accurately reflect the society in which we live. The AAEP will lead the industry in facilitating improvements in representation, safety, respect, inclusion and equity to best serve equine industry communities of all backgrounds, identities and lived experience.
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