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ACVP Diversity Initiative


Toward a path of supporting and celebrating Diversity and Inclusion within our College!


Organizations and teams with diverse constituencies are more productive, and develop stronger and more innovative ideas. All members have their respective backgrounds and experiences and yearn to be able to relate, and see her/his/their identity reflected in the organization and feel they belong in it. 


The ACVP recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment that accepts and supports all of its members, in turn fostering a sense of belonging and community within the organization. As evidence of this organizational commitment, the College supports a recently proposed Diversity Initiative and has revised its Diversity Statement to be more reflective of its core values. 


The revised Diversity statement is as follows: “The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is committed to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. The College supports and values the varied backgrounds of all members, including (but not limited to) race; ethnicity; age; socio-economic and educational background; gender; gender identity and expression; sexual orientation; physical and mental abilities; parental, marital, or pregnancy status; military or veteran status; and religious beliefs.” The Diversity Statement can be found on the ACVP website:


To kick off this Diversity Initiative within the College, there will be a gathering of all members interested in diversity and inclusion during the 2019 Annual ACVP Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to socialize and formulate our shared goals moving forward. Stay tuned for more details to come!   


The proposed ACVP Diversity Initiative is being launched by Drs. José Vilches-Moure and Sue Knoblaugh. Dr. Vilches-Moure is an Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Dr. Knoblaugh is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine



ACVP Joins Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM


ACVP recently joined more than 100 other societies to become an inaugural member of the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM  – science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine – to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture across their respective fields. ACVP is the first veterinary organization to join the Consortium. 


Focused on advancing full participation and excellence in STEMM and preventing and responding to sexual and gender harassment in STEMM environments, the Societies Consortium will provide research and evidence-based resources and guidance to address sexual harassment in the member societies’ operations and more broadly within the fields they represent.  

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) established the Consortium, with Education Counsel serving as the policy and law consultant for the initiative.

Dorothee Bienzle, ACVP President, shares that "Sexual harassment has deterred and held back talented scientists, mostly women, in the past. ACVP will not tolerate sexual harassment in the College. In conjunction with the consortium we will broaden our efforts to be inclusive and non-discriminatory, and to encourage responsible conduct by all members. I welcome member feedback on this topic."

More information is available here.

ACVP Morning Yoga

Please join us every morning (6:30 a.m.-7:15 a.m.) during the 2019 ACVP Annual Meeting in San Antonio for something new! Fellow Diplomate, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), and Certified Meditation Teacher Katherine Gibson-Corley will lead these 45-minute sessions designed specifically for veterinary pathologists and focused on the beginner. Each day will provide participants a different type of movement. Examples include chair yoga for the microscope, relaxation yoga, and yoga for the necropsy floor. Each session will end with a guided meditation, introducing participants to the benefits of mindfulness meditation and how to incorporate it into real life. The goal of these sessions is to provide a venue for movement, community, and self-care during the meeting that is easily accessible, fun, and FREE! Please bring a mat if you have one (but they are NOT necessary). All are welcome, from seasoned yogis to fidgety skeptics!

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