The Global Association of Small Animal Veterinarians has signed a Gender Identity Bill of Rights (GIBOR) created by the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) as part of its campaign to address the inequalities and inequities faced by is facing the LGBTQ+ veterinary community.
WSAVA is also calling on its 115 member associations and 200,000 individual members to show their support for diversity and inclusion by joining GIBOR.
PrideVMC works to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community. Based in the United States, she launched GIBOR in October 2021 to respond to the need for a clear expression of commitment to equality, equity and human rights for members of this community. . The document sets out minimum civil rights expectations for people of diverse gender identities, as well as commitments to equal and fair treatment for LGBTQ+ people across veterinary medicine.
“Today’s world is an inclusive world, and it’s high time we recognized the contribution of every member of our profession, while supporting them to live as themselves,” said WSAVA President, Dr Siraya Chunekamrai.
“I am delighted to sign the GIBOR on behalf of the WSAVA and our global veterinary community.
“All WSAVA members have a role to play in building a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion. I therefore urge our Member Associations and indeed our 200,000 individual members, to follow our example in supporting equal rights for all members of our profession,” added Dr Chunekamrai.
“By coming together in solidarity, we will ensure that the veterinary profession harnesses the talents of all its individual members and has a solid foundation on which to build a prosperous and sustainable future.”