The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) received a $25,000 grant from leading, animal health provider, Merial - now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. The grant will be used to support the LGVMA strategic plan for advocacy, wellness and veterinary student support in 2017.
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.
The LGVMA will be participating at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando on February 4-8, 2017. LGVMA will be hosting an advocacy booth, presenting two lectures titled: LGBT Wellness-Not the Same as for Our Straight Brothers and Sisters with Dr. Michael Chaddock, Associate Dean of Administrations at Michigan State University, and sponsoring a networking reception on Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Hilton Orlando.
The student-run Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association will use a portion of the grant as "seed money" to support their national outreach efforts for empowering LGBT veterinary student chapters and clubs at colleges of veterinary medicine across North America. Each Broad Spectrum student chapter or club, or groups with a similar mission inclusive of LGBT support and advocacy, can apply to receive a $500 stipend towards their campus LGBT advocacy and networking through November 1, 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a grant application or for information on how to create a Broad Spectrum chapter at your veterinary college campus.
Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association envisions an inclusive academic veterinary community, where sharing experiences and educational opportunities inspire community engagement and equality so that LGBTQ people and allies are able to contribute to and thrive within a diverse veterinary profession and academic environment.
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