Diversity & Inclusion

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med) is committed to diversity and to fostering an inclusive environment to promote learning and growth for all members of our community.

Programs & Initiatives

  • Our community is committed to practicing and upholding the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities assists students with disabilities and personal and environmental issues that may interfere with full access to academics and/or hinder academic performance.
  • Our chapter of Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE) is a student-run organization that promotes the sociocultural awareness of veterinary students on a local and national level through diversity-themed programs, events, and community outreach.
  • We create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students by participating in the SafeZone program.
  • Through participation in the DiVersity Matters initiative of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), we passionately engage in the recruitment, enrollment, matriculation, and development of a diverse student body.
  • For more information about university diversity resources, please visit the Diversity at Virginia Tech webpage.

Community and Diversity Committee

Members of the Community and Diversity Committee are appointed by the Dean to two-year terms and members elect a chair who serves a two-year term. The committee's charge:

  • Periodically assess the climate of the college and make recommendations to the Executive Board to promote recruitment and retention of students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented populations.
  • Conduct an annual review of the College Diversity Plan and submit a report to the Executive Board detailing outcomes and recommending revisions to the plan.


For more information about diversity and inclusion initiatives at VA-MD Vet Med, please contact:

Professor of Internal Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Chair, VA-MD Vet Med Community and Diversity Committee
Phone: 540-231-7666