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PrideVMC will have a presence at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention taking place on December 1-5, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

Come spend time with us at the following two events: 

Pride VMC Night Out: LookOUT Bar December 1st 7-9pm

Join the Pride VMC board for a social event at the LookOut bar.  Meet other LGBTQ+ equine veterinary professionals in a fun, informal setting.

Pride VMC Town Hall “Be Your Authentic Self in Equine Practice”: Marriot Marquis December 3rd 5-6pm

Join the Pride VMC board for a discussion on the importance of being your authentic self as a LGBTQ+ equine veterinary professional.  Learn from your colleagues on how they deal with stigma, barriers, and personal empowerment in equine practice and veterinary school to become your authentic self.

Hope to see you there!

In Memoriam Dr. Michael McElvaine

In Memoriam Dr. Michael McElvaine

It is with great sadness that we let you all know that our Michael D. McElvaine, DVM, MPH, DACVPM passed away on October 20 after a long illness. He retired in February 2010. He recently was living near Springfield, MO close to his brother and family. Michael was born on April 3, 1951 in Avon, Illinois. He was descended from the original farmer settlers of Illinois. Michael graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Illinois in 1976 and practiced veterinary medicine for eight years in Kentucky and Wisconsin. He returned to school at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where he received his MPH in 1987 before joining the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a veterinary medical officer with the biologics program in Iowa. In 1989, he began a 2-year fellowship at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer. After completing his term at CDC, he returned to USDA with the Risk Assessment Systems at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in Washington, DC, and later with USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) until his retirement.

Dr. McElvaine was a LGBT pioneer advocate and became the founding President of the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) in 1994 and served on the board through 2008. He was also a pioneer with pet-associated zoonoses education for people with AIDS and he mentored veterinary students who initiated the Health Pets, Healthy People project which was presented at the World AIDS Conferences in 1998 and 2000. This project is now part of the Center for Disease Control’s website

Dr. McElvaine was the first ‘out’ gay man to be invited to speak at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Convention. During the Diversity Symposium held in Washington, DC in 2007, he proudly shared his presentation, “Reaching a Broader Client Base: How to Make Your Practice More Attractive to the GLBT Community.” He also helped to lead the USDA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Employee organization (currently Equality USDA ) through the Bush administration and served on the Secretary’s Gay and Lesbian Employee Advisory Committee. Dr. McElvaine’s wisdom and leadership rippled across the veterinary and public health profession, the USDA and the world.

Michael was also an active supporter of PETS-DC and the Gay Men’s Chorus while he lived in Washington, DC. We will miss you, dear friend, colleague, mentor and proud gay veterinarian role model who dared to be his authentic self.

Michael’s family suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Michael’s memory to his favorite charities, the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (formerly the LGVMA), PETS-DC, and the Gay Mens’ Chorus of Washington DC.


International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace.

Pride Veterinary Medical Community supports referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves as a basic human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. For ways you can learn, participate, and celebrate International Pronouns Day follow this link:

Call for Pride VMC Veterinary Student Leadership Grants: Fall 2018 Cycle

Call for Pride VMC Veterinary Student Leadership Grants: Fall 2018 Cycle

PRIDE Veterinary Medical Community (formerly LGVMA), thanks to the generosity of VCA, Zoetis and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, is proud to again offer leadership grants to veterinary students and Broad Spectrum veterinary student chapters, each in an amount not to exceed $500.00 for individuals and $1000.00 for chapters, for leadership activities and/or programs that are aligned with PRIDE VMC’s organizational mission and vision.
Specifically, grant requests will be accepted and considered for proposals in the following areas:

  • Veterinary students, or groups of students, who wish to develop and implement programs within the veterinary community or college that are aligned with PRIDE VMC’s mission and vision.* (up to $1000)
    *e.g., starting a new Broad Spectrum student chapter at your school, lecture program, fundraiser, community outreach, etc. or to enhance your current campus program.
  • Veterinary students who seek assistance to participate in leadership development programs/conferences/externships that are in aligned with PRIDE VMC’s mission and vision. Must indicate how this will empower leadership development and follow up in your career or schooling.** ( up to $500)
    ** travel, lodging, registration for a conference or event

Interested individuals or groups should request an application by emailing

Application information (PDF)

SAVE THE DATES: World Pride 2019 and Stonewall 50: June 2019 in NYC

SAVE THE DATES: World Pride 2019 and Stonewall 50: June 2019 in NYC

Start getting ready for one big celebration. NYC Pride announced today that New York City has been selected to host WorldPride 2019, which is to be held in conjunction with Stonewall 50, the official commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The theme of Stonewall 50/WorldPride 2019 is “Millions of Moments of Pride,” and it will feature an expanded two-month series of events and programs alongside NYC Pride’s historic March, Rally, PrideFest, and legendary dances for men and women.

“The Stonewall Uprising is considered the most significant event that ignited the modern LGBT rights movement, so it makes perfect sense to bring WorldPride to the birthplace of Pride in 2019,” David Schneider, NYC Pride’s Stonewall 50 Director, said in a statement. “We are so grateful that our fellow Pride organizers from across the globe have chosen New York City for this momentous occasion.”

Pride Veterinary Medical Community (formerly LGVMA) along with our sister groups in the United Kingdom and Australia, and in collaboration with the AVMA, NYCVMA and Hills to date. We invite all you to join us at Stonewall 50. Stay tuned for updates. We plan to march together on Sunday, June 30.

For more information, contact us at

Call for Broad Spectrum Grant Applications: Fall 2018 Cycle

Call for Broad Spectrum Grant Applications: Fall 2018 Cycle

Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association is now accepting applications for the fall 2018 cycle of our Broad Spectrum VSA chapter grants, generously sponsored by VCA. Chapters can apply for up to $500 in funding to support events at their school.

Please ask for an application and/or any questions to The fall 2018 cycle will close on November 1, 2018, and a new press release will be sent out detailing the spring 2019 cycle.

We are so grateful that you are all working to make your campuses more diverse and inclusive. We look forward to receiving your applications and supporting you in those endeavors!

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