The British Ethnicity and Diversity Society (BVEDS) supports all forms of diversity and inclusivity in the veterinary profession.
At BVEDS, we were happy to read the recent letter from the BVA decrying the use of “derogatory and offensive language” used in online vet forums something which our own members have experienced. When such language and personal attacks occur and go unchallenged, not only does it reflect poorly on our professional conduct but it creates an environment that discourages marginalised groups that are frequently subject to such attacks to fully participate in a public arena.
It was great to see the huge support that was received shown by the large number of signatories from a broad breath of the community. We would like to praise these organisations which recognised that whilst we can hold each other and groups that represent us to account, the discourse should not descend into personal attacks with derogatory language.
However, it was noted that a few organisations opted out from being signatories which did raise some concerns. It’s deeply disappointing that this occurred, and we feel it was a lost opportunity for these groups to show ally-ship and unity that the letter was trying to demonstrate.
We need to educate ourselves and look at methods of promoting fairness, equality and inclusivity in the profession and challenge the current barriers to this.
As a small profession it is vital that we are united in supporting each other and there should be no room for hesitation on the matter.
BVEDS Steering group