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Council for Inclusion, Diversity and Awareness (CIDA)

The Council for Inclusion, Diversity and Awareness is a college-wide committee of faculty, staff, and students committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  This council develops, monitors and evaluates the progress of the College's strategic plan for diversity.  CIDA’s responsibilities include coordination of activities that support and strengthen our College's climate of inclusiveness and advising faculty, staff and students regarding issues of diversity.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine encourages its members to view, evaluate, and treat all persons in any professional activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine confronts and rejects all forms of prejudice and discrimination that have led to misunderstanding, hostility and injustice. These include, but are not limited to, those based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, religious beliefs, military or veteran status, political beliefs, geographic, socioeconomic, and educational background and any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Additional College of Veterinary Medicine Diversity Programs

Certificate in International Veterinary Medicine

The mission of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine International Program is to help students, faculty and administrators of the College make meaningful contributions to the understanding of international veterinary medicine and the inter-relatedness of animal health globally.

International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA)

The mission of the International Veterinary Student Association is to enhance cultural awareness of international veterinary medicine by facilitating overseas exchanges and promoting understanding of international issues within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PRIDE VMC)

The student chapter of the PRIDE Veterinary Medical Community is a professional organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterinarians, veterinary students, technicians, and their supporters, whose mission is to provide support for individuals, education for the community, and a forum for information exchange and social interaction in order to foster a professional climate in which its members can achieve their full potential.

Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE)

VOICE is a student organization that addresses a need for socio-cultural awareness that is not part of the current core veterinary curriculum.


For more information about diversity and inclusion initiatives at the College of Veterinary Medicine, please contact our Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives

Veronica Pennington

AAVMC Diversity Matters

The AAVMC affirms the value of diversity within the veterinary medical profession. The membership is committed to incorporating that belief in its actions by advocating the recruitment and retention of underrepresented persons as students and faculty and ultimately fostering their success in veterinary medicine.

Office of Institutional Diversity for University of Georgia

The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity is to provide institutional leadership to the focused effort to enhance and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment for learning, teaching, research and service at The University of Georgia.

Provide anonymous feedback 

The College of Veterinary Medicine is a community where diversity is valued and incidents of hate and bias are not tolerated. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who feel that they have been the victim of a bias related incident (or who have witnessed a bias related incident) are encouraged to report it online below or to contact the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) for The University of Georgia (UGA) at (706) 542-7912

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