Diversity statement from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC):
The AAVMC affirms the value of diversity within the veterinary medical profession. The membership is committed to incorporating that belief in its actions by advocating the recruitment and retention of underrepresented persons as students and faculty and ultimately fostering their success in veterinary medicine.
To achieve results, we conduct career fairs, disseminate information about veterinary career options, work to generate interest in veterinary medicine, present at key diversity meetings and conferences, and help lead students through the application process.
Diversity statement from the American Veterinary Medical Association:
The AVMA is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession of veterinary medicine so that we can best serve the animals, the public, and our members. Our goal is to mirror the growing diversity of the communities we serve and to promote an understanding of their varied needs. To this end, we are committed to actively promoting and maintaining diversity and inclusion in our membership, leadership, and organization, and educating our members regarding the value of diversity and inclusion. This committment embraces the value of the many areas of the veterinary profession, and the value of our members' and their clients' varied backgrounds, including but not limited to race; ethncity; physical and mental abilities; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; parental, martial, or pregnancy status; religious or political beliefs; military or veteran status; and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.
Diversity statement from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's College of Veterinary Medicine:
The College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to the creation of an inclusive institutional climate for students, faculty, staff, and clients, and curricula that produce culturally competent veterinarians.
As noted by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, increasing diversity in the health professions requires recognition of many dimensions, including, but not limite to race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, cultural background, language, cognitive style, nationality, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other forms of differences, both visible and invisible.
We affirm the value of human diversity for the enrichment of the community and believe diversity fosters a climate conducive to success for all members of the veterinary medical education community.
Each person is a reflection of multiple diversity dimensions, and we embrace the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together.
We strive to build a community based on mutual respect and to graduate professionals who are prepared to work in an increasingly diverse world.