PrideVMC Celebrates Pride 2022 and GIBOR Signatories



Relief Rover Virtual 5K, June 4-25, 2022 with PrideVMC as beneficiary.

Global #VetMedPride Celebration, June 10, 2022, 3:00-4:00pm CT.

VMI: The Power of Affinity Groups – Celebrating Diversity Part 2 @ NABVC 2022, Saturday, June 18 @ 12:00-12:30pm ET, Columbus, OH. Hybrid event, free to join virtually.

Cocktails and Colleagues in partnership with PrideVMC @ ACVIM Forum 2022, June 24, 5:45-7:00pm CT, ACC Ballroom A, Austin, TX.

AAVMC & PrideVMC Film Festival – Official film selections: Carol, Milk, Moonlight, and Paris is Burning. Check back for more info including virtual discussion date!

PrideVMC @ AVMA 2022, PrideVMC Annual Meeting and Happy Hour, Saturday, July 30, 2022 @ 5:00-6:30pm ET, Frankin Hall 6, Marriott 4th floor. PrideVMC Town Hall with co-presenters Dr. Abby McElroy and Dr. Dane Whitaker, Monday, August 1 @ 9:00-9:50 am ET, PA Convention Center, Room 116.

PrideVMC Happy Hour @ IVECCS 2022, Date TBD.

PrideVMC Happy Hour @ AAEP 2022, Date TBD.

Veterinary Kaleidoscope Summit 2023, hosted by Australian Rainbow Vets and Allies (ARVA), in association with World Pride 2023, Feb 27-28, 2023 in Sydney, Australia.


On June 9, 2021 the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) working group published a Gender Identity Bill of Rights (GIBOR) as part of a focused effort to address inequality and inequity throughout the entire veterinary profession.

The gender diverse community, specifically transgender women of color, have been leaders of the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. The gender diverse community has been in the national spotlight for the last decade, targeted with restroom bills, medical access bills and the increasing number of current identity legislation highlighting the need for continued activism and allyship.

progressive pride flagPrideVMC acknowledges the importance of clear and unequivocal commitment to equality, equity, and the human rights of the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals of the diverse LGBTQ+ family in a time where the acceptance by the general public is uncommon.

PrideVMC celebrates the 556 individuals and 96 organizations that have signed their support for the Gender Identity Bill of Rights including:

  • Groups within the community of affinity organizations: ARVA (Australian Rainbow Veterinary Association), Association of Asian Veterinary Medical Professionals (AAVMP), BlackDVM Network, British Veterinary Ethnicity & Diversity Society (BVEDS), British Veterinary LGBT+, Latinx VMA (LVMA), Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association (MCVMA), National Association for Black Veterinarians (NABV), Native American Veterinary Association (NAVA), Pride Student Veterinary Medical Community (PrideSVMC), and Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative,
  • The PrideVMC partners that have signed on as of today: Boehringer Ingelheim USA Inc., Ethos Veterinary Health, Relief Rover, Simply Done Tech Solutions, The Social DVM, and Veterinary Emergency Group,
  • The veterinary schools and related entities that have signed their support as of today:  Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island; College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota; Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, Diversity and Inclusion; Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity; University of California Davis Veterinary Medical Center; and University of Minnesota CVM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine,
  • American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV),
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), and
  • All that have signed their support and listed at the end of the GIBOR

PrideVMC is calling on all members of the veterinary profession to recognize the existence, humanity and worth of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in our profession. The organization asks that you continue this journey with them by signing on to support PrideVMC’s Gender Identity Bill of Rights by completing the signatory form.

A follow up implementation guide, the Gender Diversity Guide, will be published later this year. All individuals and organizations that sign and commit to the bill of rights will be provided access to the manual. In the meantime the newly released GIBOR overview video and “Next steps for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming belonging in veterinary medicine” are available to support your education and awareness journey.


person at NYC world pride parade holding LOVE paw print sign in pride colors Pride month and Pride marches in June originate from the protest march dubbed the Stonewall Uprising.  This uprising began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City. This was seen as a chance for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together and stand up for overdue rights.  For many the march was then, and is now, a way to be seen and a chance to live authentically. The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) was founded on that history with a mission of creating a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community and a vision for an empowered LGBTQ+ veterinary community that embraces wellbeing by being their authentic selves.  Visit to learn more about, and join, Pride 2022 activities and events. Everyone is welcome!

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