Veterinarians are at an increased risk of suicide, and relatively little is known regarding the risk for suicide and other negative mental health outcomes in veterinary assistants, technologists, and technicians. Furthermore, a recent survey indicated that almost 40% of LGBT veterinary professionals experience some form of discrimination in the workplace related to gender identity or sexual orientation. Given these troubling research findings, the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) and a researcher from Auburn University have established a partnership to examine negative mental health outcomes and negative work and school experiences among LGBT veterinary professionals and students. We are also interested in gathering this information from individuals who do not identify as LGBT.
You are cordially invited to complete this electronic survey by clicking on this link http://tinyurl.com/hcgbpld. The survey takes only about 15-20 minutes to complete, and is voluntary and anonymous. If you choose to participate, you will be given the opportunity to provide your name and email address in a separate survey, which will enter you into a raffle for one of ten $25 prizes (British participants will receive the equivalent amount in pounds). Your identifying information will never be linked with your responses and will only be used to identify winners of the raffle. If you do not wish to provide your name and email address, you are not required to; however, please note that this will make it impossible for you to be entered into the raffle.
We thank you very much for helping us to learn more how we can better assist LGBT veterinary professionals and students. Additionally, we encourage you to forward this invitation to any colleagues who may be interested in participating.
Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML
Vice President, LGVMA
Ken Gorczya, DVM
Executive Secretary, LGVMA
K. Paige Carmichael, DVM, PhD, DACVP
At-Large Board Member, LGVMA
Tracy Witte, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Auburn University
Lisa Greenhill, MPA, EdD
Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at the Association of Veterinary Medical