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2018 PrideVMC Veterinary Medical Student Leadership Grant Awardees

Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC formerly LGVMA), thanks to the generosity of VCA, Zoetis and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, is proud to award the following leadership grants to the below listed Broad Spectrum veterinary student chapters, each in an amount of $1000.00, for leadership activities and/or programs that are aligned with Pride VMC’s organizational mission and vision.

Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI Canada (Chapter/Group Awardee)

Student Contact: Natalie Tocco

Grant Proposal Goal: The Atlantic Veterinary College Broad Spectrum Chapter plans to get students and faculty more involved with their chapter and to bring inclusivity with the LGBTQIA+ members of the Atlantic Veterinary College. Their goals are to host a Color Run, have a round table discussion with faculty and students about being LGBTQIA+ in veterinary Medicine and host a lecture on Homosexuality in the Animal Kingdom. These goals meet the Pride VMC’s Mission and Vision by trying to fight discrimination and build a collaborative network right within our own community. With the Color Run specifically, they are hoping to use this event as a fundraiser with the proceeds going to Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association potentially in the form of a scholarship. Their short term goals are to bring attention to their chapter and their own LGBTQIA+ community seeing that they are brand new and this is the first year they are able to host events. Their long term goal is to have a larger student involvement and host larger events that they can incorporate not just the veterinary college but also the LGBTQIA+ group of the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College. Total grant award: $1000.00

Colorado State University Broad Spectrum (Chapter/Group Awardee)

Student Contact: Annalise Black

Grant Proposal Goal: The CSU CVMBS Chapter of National Broad Spectrum would like to bring Dr. Ken Gorczyca in from California to discuss how HIV/AIDS status affects pet ownership. Being awarded this funding would help us bring attention to this important pet ownership issue and bring together our local veterinary community for educational purposes. Overall, the goals of this group is to host more events like this to help veterinarians better serve their clients by promoting diversity & inclusion of LGBTQ+ humans. Total grant award: $1000.00

Oregon State University-BSVSA + VOICE Diversity Group (Chapter/Group Awardee)

Student Contact: Corinne Weston

Grant Proposal Goal: In an effort to promote a campus environment that fosters cultural awareness and inclusivity, the OSU combined VOICE and Broad Spectrum chapters are intending to implement a Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine (CCVM) Ally Network initiative. The CCVM Ally Network will consist of self-identified faculty, staff, and students who strive to foster a safe environment for others, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Each person who chooses to join the CCVM Ally Network will display stickers, magnets, pins, and other visual indicators at their workstation, locker, desk, or office that identifies themselves as a supporter. The short term goals of this initiative include increasing knowledge and awareness of gender and sexuality, fostering an environment where LGBTQ+ individuals feel supported by peers and faculty, and recognizing legal and societal privilege as a heterosexual and/or cis-gendered individual. Their long term goals include an ongoing responsibility to challenge homophobia and transphobia both inside and outside of the veterinary field and to recognition of a lifetime commitment to continuing education and awareness of cultural issues. Their ultimate goal, both short and long term, is to help develop a culture free of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism. Total grant award: $1000.00

Pride VMC (formerly LGVMA) is the oldest 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. Our vision is a veterinary profession in which we all live to our full potential, both personally and professionally, conduct our lives openly and with integrity, and freely share our experience and wisdom for the betterment of and care or ourselves, our profession, our clients and all animals. We hope that the leadership grant awardees will continue to foster and develop further the PrideVMC’s vision. Congratulations to all our award recipients.



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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