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Pride is celebrated across the globe every year during the month of June. It is an incredibly important time for us in the School of Veterinary Medicine when we celebrate and support our LGBTQIA+ community.

On April 20th 2023, the School hosted our annual flagship Pride event, supported by the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences (CHAS). This year we held the event a little earlier in the run-up to undergraduate students’ exams. The event kicked off with an address from Prof Michael Doherty, followed by inspirational and moving speeches from Róisín Walsh (Student LGBTQ+ VetSoc Rep) and Assoc. Prof Marijke Beltman, on what Pride means to them. VETEDIAS co-chairs, Assoc. Prof Cliona Skelly and Prof Stephen Gordon, provided closing remarks on the importance of recognising Pride in our community.

For more on this event and others, check out the (opens in a new window)Vets EDI/Athena SWAN X account 

The UCD Veterinary Sciences Community, supported by the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, invited staff and students from across the college and University to their annual Pride event at the Veterinary Sciences Building on June 3rd.

 4 images from event with photos of committee members, cake with pride flag on it, group making bracelets from wool and Dean of school cutting a slice of cake with Athena SWAN co-chairs and Student advisor

Dean and Head of School, Prof. Michael Doherty addressed attendees while they enjoyed cake and refreshments. Dean’s Inclusion Award 2021 recipient Dr. Niamh Nestor kindly recounted her inspirational award speech and Vice-President for the UCD EDI unit, Prof. Colin Scott provided closing remarks and thoughts on the importance of these events.

 4 images from Pride event: Prof Michael Doherty, Dr. Niamh Nestor and Prof. Colin Scott speaking to crowd. Another image of the crowd mingling

For more on this event and others, check out the (opens in a new window)Vet Athena SWAN Twitter account 

In 2021, we asked staff and students to participate in a Pride photo campaign and we had a fantastic response. The pictures in the gallery below show some of the things that evoke the spirit of Pride in the Veterinary Sciences Community.

Pride Stairs Nantes France

Physiotherapist with dog holding a rainbow umbrella

Animal care assistant holding dog and rainbow umbrella

Cats in Pride neckwear

Pride flag in grass

Pride socks

Pride flag at UCD

Pride rainbow teapot

Dublin Pride parade

Showing our support for all LGBTQ+ people, the School hosted a fabulous Pride celebration in June 2019. Staff and students from all over UCD were invited to craft friendship bracelets, listen to some great tunes and eat cake!

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