27 February 2023
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) aims to strengthen the well-being of all veterinarians and its diversity, equity and inclusiveness (DEI) as a key requisite to foster attraction to and retention within the veterinary profession.
FVE believes strongly that openness to mental wellbeing (MWB) and DEI issues is a prerequisite for a thriving profession. In 2019, FVE joined forces with allied associations to promote improved mental health via a Joint Statement.
Since then, and in continuous collaboration, FVE has further worked on MWB and DEI and strives to lead by example, particularly in giving underserved communities a voice to be heard.
On World Mental Health Day 2022, FVE launched the DEI campaign “FVE – United in Diversity” to enable authentic role models in our veterinary profession who credibly represent and live the topic of diversity. As said by FVE Vice-President Mette Uldahl: “In daily life vets identify conditions and patterns within different scenarios, identify their placement on a range of a spectrum, always keeping in mind that there is still so much we haven’t seen, haven’t learned yet. Perhaps areas we even can’t see yet. And this is what makes us good professionals. We don’t expect to see or understand it all, but we are curious and we observe with an open mind.”
Today, FVE is delighted to announce the launch of DEI Tuesday: every Tuesday FVE will share a contribution of our members for the DEI campaign: “FVE – United in Diversity”. Over the next months, new inputs, perspectives, views, opinions, experiences, thoughts, and ideas regarding DEI within the veterinary profession will be published every Tuesday.
We sincerely thank all the members, individual veterinarians and veterinary associations for their contribution to “FVE – United in Diversity”.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
FVE – Federation of Veterinarians of Europe is the umbrella organisation of veterinary organisations from 38 European countries.
Joint statement of FVE, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)