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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

ISVMA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy

The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) seeks to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organizational culture and across all ISVMA policies and programs. This is achieved through regular review and assessment of our organizational policies and practices, partnerships, and programs to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion elements are considered, included, funded, and implemented by ISVMA’s leadership and staff. The ISVMA is committed to creating a culture of inclusion for all members of our profession, recognizing that diversity within our organization inherently strengthens the ISVMA as well as the larger veterinary profession. This mission ensures that we are providing the best service to our members, the public, and the animals for which we are called to serve.


Articles of Interest (click on text to read)

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University of Illinois (#diversity matters)

Time Article


  1. Assessment Tools
  1. Cultural Competency 




  1. Affinity organizations

Strives to bring the Asian-American veterinary community together through shared stories, education, and mentorship opportunities.

Aims to create a safe community for black veterinary professionals to connect, find mentorship, and advance veterinary medicine.

Works to increase the number of Black healthcare educators, leaders, and practitioners.

Aims to empower Latinx professionals in the veterinary field and to support the next generation of Latinx veterinarians.

Promotes racial and ethnic diversity and cultural competency within the veterinary profession so as to better serve a diverse, multicultural society.

Builds a network of individuals and organizations that advocates for Blacks in veterinary medicine at every level and profession.

Nonprofit organization that aims to improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups into the veterinary profession.

Strives to promote inclusion and community in the veterinary profession for colleagues, clients and the community as a whole.

Student-run organization that seeks to increase awareness, respect, and sensitivity to differences among all individuals and communities in the field of veterinary medicine.

Supports women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy, and decision-making positions within all areas of professional veterinary activity.

  1. Taking Action




  • What Can I Do? | Type: Varies (Collection) | Source: Cary Consulting
  • Join the ISVMA DEI Working Group! E-mail to get involved.
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