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OVC professor Andrew Peregrine receives Broad Spectrum Award

Dr. Andrew Peregrine, professor at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, has been recognized by the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA) with a LGBT+ Veterinary Awareness Award. 

Peregrine is one of six recipients for the second annual award, given out to faculty members, veterinary medical students, or industry partners who go above and beyond to provide support and ensure inclusivity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in veterinary academia. 

The award seeks to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated commitment to Broad Spectrum’s mission by developing awareness of the LGBT+ community and its importance within the realm of veteran education and practice. 

Broad Spectrum's mission is to connect, support and empower a community for LGBT+ veterinary students and allies across veterinary education among North American and Caribbean colleges. Broad Spectrum, founded at the SAVMA Symposium 2011 at UC Davis, is the student-run national leadership board and umbrella organization for LGBT+ veterinary campus chapters and is mentored by the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) (www.lgvma.org).

Peregrine was recognized “for his leadership at OVC in supporting the LGVMA OVC student chapter as an empowering faculty advisor and by marching regularly in the Toronto Pride Parade with his students, faculty and local practitioners to promote the inclusiveness of the veterinary profession. Dr. Peregrine is a great role model and veterinary student mentor and is very much appreciated by his veterinary community at Guelph.”

In acknowledging the award, Peregrine noted, “I am more than humbled by this award. However, the reality is that the positive impact of OVC's LGVMA student chapter has very much been due to the student members and their championing of LGBTQ+ issues. I am just one small part of the club. As such, this is very much an award for the whole club.”

This year’s awards acknowledge one dean, two veterinary faculty members, and three outstanding veterinary medical students for their dedication to promoting inclusiveness and being strong supporters of the LGBT+ community within the veterinary community.

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