DVM LGBT Student Experience Study

AAVMC & University Partners present findings from the LGBT Student Experience Study
First follow up study to the DiVersity Matters Climate Survey

In 2011, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a national student study on climate and diversity at the US colleges of veterinary medicine.   Findings from this important study suggest that students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender have different experiences as DVM students when compared to their heterosexual counterparts. 


As follow up to the 2011 study, a research team, comprised of members from Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee and University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducted a two-phase qualitative study exploring how self-identified LGBT students experience climate in American veterinary schools.  Preliminary findings for this study suggest that LGBT students experience a range of institutional climates that have varied impacts on their academic and social experiences while attending veterinary school.  The findings include specific descriptions of identified climates and specific text excerpts to help articulate the diversity of student experience. Preliminary study findings were presented during a November 2013 webinar hosted by VOICE and Broad Spectrum student organizations.

LGBT Student Experience Study Webinar, November 6, 2013.


If you have questions about this important study you may contact  Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity, at lgreenhill@aavmc.org.

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