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Association for Women Veterinarians Bulletins

The Association for Women Veterinarians (AWV) Bulletin provided information on the meetings of the AWV, issues of interest to women veterinarians, and a means for women veterinarians to voice support for their peers.

 

The AWV held its first meeting as the Women's Veterinary Association in August, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Association's founder, Dr. Mary Knight Dunlap, said she started the organization based on a sense of "duty to those who followed me . . . so that they don't make the same fool mistakes I did.” Over its 65 year history, the AWV advocated for the advancement of women in several ways. They supported female veterinary students through student chapters and scholarships. They supported practictioners through the Oustanding Women Veterinarians Award, the creation of sexual harassment policies, information on occupational hazards, and policies for maternity leave. Through the Bulletin and annual meetings, the AWV helped the veterinary profession raise awareness and take action to promote gender equality. With the help of the AWV, the number of female veterinarians rose from a small handful in 1947 to become a majority within the field by the 2000s. The AWV dissolved in 2012 due to dwindling membership. With the Association's remaining funds, the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation was formed. Its awards and scholarships have been continued by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

 

The Bulletin reflects changes in the organization's priorities over time. From an initial focus on recruiting women into the profession and providing a network of mutual support, the Association later sought to promote women into the leadership of the American Veterinary Medical Assocation by the 1970s. The Bulletin covered issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination, maternity leave, balancing work and family, workplace violence, business advice for veterinarians who owned their own practices, as well as veterinary research and articles written by women veterinarians.

 

For more information about Washington State University Libraries' collections on the Association for Women Veterinarians, please consult the collection guides listed below:

 

Guide to the Association for Women Veterinarians Records, Cage 648

Guide to the Association for Women Veterinarians Records, Cage 826

 

Digitization of the Association for Women Veterinarians Bulletins was funded by the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation. The bulletins were digitized by Evelyn Moos.

 
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