Veterinary college dean honored for advocacy in diversity, inclusion
James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently honored for his leadership in advocating for diversity and inclusion within the veterinary profession.
The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association presented one of two 2013 Leadership Awards to Lloyd during the group’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s convention in Chicago.
Also receiving a leadership award was Deborah Kochevar, D.V.M., dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Both deans were recognized for their roles in advocacy for cultural competency and inclusion in the veterinary field, and for dedicating personal time and resources to help include LGBT issues in the greater discussion of diversity.
“We are so honored to have Dr. Lloyd’s expertise and insights in assisting the LGVMA in our efforts to become a stronger professional association,” said Sandy Hazanow, D.V.M., the association’s president. “By providing us with strong guidance, Dr. Lloyd helped us create a strategic plan for the future of our organization so that we may better serve our membership and community in creating a culturally inclusive profession.”
The association fosters acceptance, inclusivity and leadership for all members of the veterinary profession, whether veterinarians, technicians or students, of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The group’s efforts aid members through community development, professional advocacy and personal empowerment, according to the group’s website.