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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the WSVMA and the Veterinary Profession

As part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) is conducting a survey. The purpose of the survey is to hear different experiences from veterinarians and learn what the challenges are to supporting DEI in veterinary medicine.
Your voice matters. We want to know what you believe needs to change in the veterinary profession. Your response to this survey will help us identify goals to support DEI in the WSVMA and the profession.

All responses provided in this survey will be kept confidential. 

Core Concepts


The concept of diversity encompasses respect for and appreciation of differences and a state of being valued, respected, and supported. It is the recognition and understanding of individual differences and uniqueness. Diversity requires recognition of many dimensions, including, but not limited to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, cultural background, language, cognitive style, nationality, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other forms of differences, both visible and invisible. In defining diversity, it is also incumbent to acknowledge the concept of intersectionality; no single dimension of diversity exists in isolation. We acknowledge that each individual is a reflection of multiple diversity dimensions. (adapted from AAVMC)


Equity promotes fairness by addressing injustice and creating a level playing field. This isn’t about making everything the same for everyone. Equality is meant to ensure that everyone is treated the same. However, equality in our society assumes that everyone is standing at the same starting line of the race when in reality, some people have received unequal treatment that has either given them unfair advantages or disadvantages. Equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and we must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances.


Creating an environment where every member of the organization is fully valued for their diverse identities, talents, and skills; and are given equal opportunities to thrive because of who they are.
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