The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has signed up to a Gender Identity Bill of Rights (GIBOR) created by the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) as part of its campaign to address inequalities and inequities faced by 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 signing up to the GIBOR.
PrideVMC works to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community. Based in the USA, it launched GIBOR in October 2021 to address 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 gender diverse individuals, as well as commitments to equal and fair treatment for LGBTQ+ individuals right across veterinary medicine.
“Today’s world is an inclusive world, and it is high time that we recognised the contribution of every single member of our profession, while supporting them in living as their true selves,” WSAVA president Dr Siraya Chunekamrai said.
“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 so I urge our member associations and, indeed, our 200,000 individual members, to follow our lead in supporting equal rights for all members of our profession,” Dr Chunekamrai added.
“By joining together in solidarity, we will ensure that the veterinary profession harnesses the talents of all of its individual members and has a firm foundation on which it can build a successful and sustainable future.”