Veterinary Alliance for Leadership, Inclusion, and Diversity

What is VALID?

We are an organization run by DVM students at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. We work closely with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to work on projects that promote diversity at UF CVM. Our main goals are to educate others on topics regarding diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine, to empower those from under-represented communities, and to promote an open, safe, and inclusive environment at UF CVM.

Our History:

This student organization was founded in 2013 by Drs. Rachel Warnes, Florence Whitehill, and Andrew Torchia. At the time, it was called “Full Spectrum Veterinary Alliance” and was an organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community at UF CVM. As time went on, the student leaders recognized a need for an inclusive organization that supported all marginalized groups at the college. Thus, in 2018, the Diversity and Inclusion Veterinary Alliance (DIVA) was born. DIVA established several events at the college as well as a relationship with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UF CVM. In the summer of 2020, the organization went through a final name change to VALID: Veterinary Alliance for Leadership, Inclusion, and Diversity. This name better represents our priorities and the organization’s goals. The new logo includes the upward moving arrows, reflecting leadership, progress, and empowerment.

VALID Club Logo

Event Highlights:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
  • Pride Week at UF CVM
  • Spanish for Vet Med
  • Black Lives Matter Fundraisers and Events
  • Diversity Panels
  • UF CVM Annual Talent Show
  • Black History Month Celebrations
  • Mental Health Table Talk
  • And much more!

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The 2020-2021 VALID Team:

Student Officers

DVM Student, Andrea Rodriguez

Andrea Rodriguez
VALID President

DVM Student, Ashliegh Alfonso

Ashliegh Alfonso
VALID Vice President and Social Media Coordinator

DVM Student, Alexandra De Hoyos

Alexandra De Hoyos
VALID Treasurer

DVM Student, Linsday Sealey

Lindsay Sealey
VALID Secretary

DVM Student, Lindsay Garrison

Lindsay Garrison
VALID/VOICE/Broad Spectrum Liaison

DVM Student, Francesco Leverone

Francesco Leverone
VALID Merchandise Chair

DVM Student, Katrina Alvarez

Katrina Alvarez
First Year Student Representative

VALID Advisors

Lisa L Farina
Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine

Lisa L Farina

Clinical Associate Professor
Michael V Bowie
Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine

Michael V Bowie

Clinical Assistant Professor And Director- Community Engagement And Diversity Outreach

University of Florida


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