A recent story appeared on NPR describing the alarming uptick in suicides among Veterinarians due to the stress and strain of the job. Here’s an excerpt:
Dr. Carrie Jurney is on the board of an online organization that works to prevent suicides. It’s called Not One More Vet.
This isn’t a mental health support group for veterans — it’s for veterinarians.
Veterinarians are killing themselves in alarming numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found male vets are 2.1 times as likely and female vets 3.5 times as likely to die by suicide compared with the general population. The much higher rate for women is especially concerning as more than 60% of vets are women.
In fall of 2015, AAVMC launched Diversity & Inclusion on Air: Conversations about Diversity, Inclusion & Veterinary Medicine.
Although there has been in an increase in the amount of diversity programming hosted by AAVMC, its member institutions and student organizations, there is still a dearth of available programming within the veterinary profession. Diversity & Inclusion on Air has changed this by delivering more diversity programming to a wider veterinary audience. The program regularly covers a wide range of topics and features guests from across the profession and beyond.
The podcast produces new episodes on a regular basis through YouTube and Soundcloud, and each show features engaging interviews on a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics. During special live-casts of the show, [participants and viewers are able to access the program on YouTube, post questions, engage in a chat room during the program. Audio only versions will also be available via most podcast applications, such as iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
The “on air” feature allows us to include international members, which is a high priority for AAVMC, and the YouTube feature allows for broader access by members of the profession including possible usage by faculty to augment any diversity content in classes. The Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine certificate program at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will also count viewing or listening of the Diversity and Inclusion on Air podcast as meeting the “attending a diversity program” requirement, provided participants complete the accompanying summary.
Below you will find links to the YouTube page as well as the podcast channel on SoundCloud.
Vicki Hutton captures the healing power of the human-animal bond through personal stories of survivors of the AIDS pandemic. During a time of stigma and self-hatred, and before effective therapies, animal companionship was the most powerful medicine available and is still effective today. Furry, feathered and scaled creatures saved many lives and brought a positive face to the pandemic. The author captures the historical threads of a darker time and brings light to the importance of animals in our lives.
For the full story, click here.
Ken Gorczyca, DVM, founding veterinarian of Pets Are Wonderful Support, San Francisco
The Ontario Veterinary College’s Pride Veterinary Medical Community (VMC) Club invites you to march with us on June 23rd, 2019 at the Toronto Pride Parade! EVERYONE is welcomed to this event, as we will be representing OVC and the veterinary profession. This is a really fun day and a tremendous way of promoting diversity and inclusion within the veterinary community. The event is not only open to veterinary professionals, but to UoGuelph students, friends, family, and allies. We have a limit of 100 participants for this event so make sure to sign up ASAP to reserve a spot!
We are selling black tank tops for $10 each, as a fundraiser for the club. The tanks will have the Pride VMC logo, as well as “Ontario Veterinary College” on them. Please let us know by May 23 if you would like one.
OVC Pride VMC will NOT be responsible for transportation to and from the event, or any lodging if you decide to stay in Toronto. Please be mindful of the weather on the day of the parade, dress appropriately. Bring lots of water to stay hydrated, and don’t forget sunscreen! NO animals allowed ☹
Fill out the Google doc if you plan on attending the event:
If you have any question, please email us at email@example.com
Where: Yonge St., Toronto – starting point = Bloor/Yonge When: June 23rd, 2019 Start Time: TBA – likely approximately 2.00pm
The Impact of Visibility: A LGBTQ+ Veterinary Student, Faculty, Staff, Clinician and Client Wellness Initiative
Congratulations to Dr. K. Paige Carmichael for a successful poster session of The Impact of Visibility: A LGBTQ+ Veterinary Student, Faculty, Staff, Clinician and Client Wellness Initiative (Tracy K. Witte, Sharon Kramper, Ken Gorczyca, Mike Chaddock, Lisa Greenhill, Jay Gladden, Andrew Taylor, Dane Whitaker & K. Paige Carmichael) at both the AAVMC and the Iverson Bell Symposium.
Dr. K. Paige Carmichael is both a PrideVMC Board Member Emeritus and a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to see her poster in person, click here to learn more about the study.
Save the date!
When: June 6th 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Information about the event from the organizers:
Please join us in celebrating 32 years of maintaining the human-animal bond for our most vulnerable neighbors at PAWS’ signature event, Petchitecture! This event is unlike any other in San Francisco – bringing together humans, animals and premier Bay Area architects to create a spectacular evening of fun, fundraising, and pet-friendly architecture (available for bidding).
Reception and Silent Auction
Passed dog treats for our canine guests
hors d’oeuvres for their humans
Formal Program and Awards Presentation:
The Dede Wilsey Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Award presented to John L. Lipp; Former PAWS Executive Director
ATTIRE: Your Classy Cat and Top Dog attire
Full licensed and vaccinated pups (on leash) are most welcome!
Tickets and more information to come!
Can’t make it? Please consider donating to support PAWS’ work. All donations are 100% tax-deductible: http://www.shanti.org/pages/donate.html
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at 415-830-7677
Interested volunteers, contact: email@example.com
Proceeds from the event will fund the critical support services PAWS provides to the community.
Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2019-2020 leadership team.
Available positions include vice president (president-elect), secretary, treasurer, public relations chair, chapter coordinator, and Pride VMC student representative.
These volunteer positions entail monthly video meetings, mentorship through Pride VMC, and an opportunity for development of leadership skills.
If interested, please e- mail the current president firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICE PRESIDENT (PRESIDENT-ELECT):
- Assists president with managing and planning meetings and events. Assists president with educational initiatives. Fills in if the president is absent
- *Please note that vice president is president-elect for the following year. If interested in this position, you are committing to two years on the officer board with your 2nd year as president.
- Takes notes at monthly meetings and distributes to executive board
- Manages organization bank account along with the PRIDEVMC treasurer. Distributes grant money to chapters. Assists in finding and applying for funding opportunities.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR:
- Drafts press releases and assists with letter-writing campaigns; manages social media accounts.
- Maintains contact information for individual Broad Spectrum chapters (officers/advisors) and distributes information (announcements, education materials, etc.) to those chapters. Attends monthly BSVSA meetings and maintains contact between the individual school chapters and the national board.
Pride VMC STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE(S):
- Attends Pride VMC board meetings and relays information to BSVSA executive board
- Represents student interests on the Pride VMC board
Represent your school as a member of our board! Attendees of any North American school of veterinary medicine are encouraged to apply. We welcome individuals of any sexual orientation or gender identity, including allies!
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!
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