Dear V.O.I.C.E. and veterinary family,
With all the pain, fear, anger, and sadness surrounding the countless unjust murders of African- Americans including; George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sanda Bland, Walter Scott, Lamontez Jones, Mya Hall, Kevin Hicks, Korryn Gaines, Stephon Clark, India Kager, Michael Brown, Pamela Turner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, Shantel Davis, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin, Samuel Dubose, Oscar Grant, and too many more. V.O.I.C.E. would like to implore our veterinary community to stand with the Black and African-American community in working to uproot the racial injustices that have been woven into the fabric of America. V.O.I.C.E. stands with Black Lives Matter and our Black and African-American colleagues to push for change.
V.O.I.C.E. is built on the foundation of promoting diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession. With that foundation it is our obligation to show solidarity and support for our Black and African-American colleagues of past, future, and present. For our profession to continue to excel and lead the way in the world, we must on all fronts.
We have compiled resources to aid in enhancing knowledge and providing support based on racial disparities, racial injustices, allyship, and self-care. Let’s use these tools to strengthen our community and continue to foster environments that are inclusive to all. We must Act and we must Educate!
V.O.I.C.E. is always here to support our community with open arms!
“We should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” – Maya Angelou