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Updated CVMA Position on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

April 20, 2021

The CVMA supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is committed to, and seeks to advance an accessible, equitable, diverse, and inclusive profession. The CVMA promotes a culture of human rights and opposes discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or family status.  We affirm that each human being is valuable and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. 

The well-being of our society and our profession is vital. The impact of our veterinary profession and the services we provide is maximized when our members are engaged and feel supported, safe, heard, and understood. The CVMA commits to continue to develop and make its services accessible, and to identify and address bias, obstacles and barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The CVMA supports existing veterinary college programs which encourage diversity and inclusivity, allowing for an equitable selection of students, faculty and staff. We support continued actions taken by our Canadian associations, government, and educational institutions to make veterinary education more accessible for underrepresented groups. 

We encourage and expect veterinary teams to be respectful of every person with whom they serve and interact. The attitudes and actions of veterinary team members directly affect our clients, and indirectly, the health and welfare of our patients.  

We support the open dialogue of our membership on these issues and stand united with our veterinarians, veterinary students, and allied veterinary team members who face discrimination. Together we seek to create and maintain a more accessible, diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where each member of our profession feels valued and can flourish.