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DIVERSITY – Di Versity Matters


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.


Contrary to societal trends, veterinary medicine remains one of the least diverse professions in the United States.  However, our efforts to attract a student body that is more reflective of society as a whole have resulted in diversification of the applicant pool. The number of racially and/or ethnically underrepresented students continues to grow and has increased 64 percent since the 2005 launch of the DiVersity Matters initiative, although we still have a long way to go.

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. 

Recently, we concluded  the DiVersity Matters Culture and Climate Initiative, a survey and analysis designed to assist our member institutions in assessing the climate in their colleges of veterinary medicine with respect to diversity.

At our annual conference, we also host the bi-annual Iverson Bell Symposium, which recognizes the outstanding leadership and promotion of diversity in veterinary medicine by the late Iverson Bell, DVM. 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New AAVMC Officers Assume Duties at Annual Assembly

read more Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The World’s Oldest Veterinary Medical College in Lyon, France, Joins the AAVMC

read more Thursday, July 10, 2014

The AAVMC’s VEC Symposium Sharpens Skills, Celebrates Teaching

read more Journal of Veterinary Medical Education