Tufts veterinary school dean honored for leadership in diversity, inclusion

NORTH GRAFTON, Mass.  – Deborah T. Kochevar, D.V.M., Ph.D., dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, has been honored for her efforts to promote inclusion and diversity within the veterinary profession.

 The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) presented one of two 2013 Leadership Awards to Kochevar during the group’s recent annual meeting, held in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. The award is given to individuals or organizations that demonstrate outstanding leadership and/or community activism within the veterinary community.

 Kochevar was the first veterinary school dean to join LGVMA.  She received the leadership award along with James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Both were recognized for their efforts to promote cultural competency and inclusion in the veterinary field, and for dedicating personal time and resources to help include LGBT issues in the greater discussion of diversity.

 “We are tremendously honored to have Dean Kochevar, who is so highly regarded in academic circles, helping us to lead the way by being a model for equality and encouraging dialogue about LGBT issues,” said Sandy Hazanow, D.V.M., president of LGVMA, as well as a Cummings School alumna. “She has helped the organization grow so it can support LGBT students and practicing veterinarians in their many essential roles.”

 The association fosters acceptance, inclusivity and leadership for all members of the veterinary profession, including veterinarians, technicians and students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The group’s efforts aid members through community development, professional advocacy and personal empowerment, according to the group’s website.



About the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, Mass., Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is internationally esteemed for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; three hospitals and four clinics that combined log more than 80,000 animal cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public, and environmental health. 

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