American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

Update on HB2 and HB142

Update on HB2 and HB142 in North Carolina and the AAFP’s Support of the AAVMC’s Principles of Inclusion

In March 2016 the House Bill 2, the Public Facilitates Privacy & Security Act, was passed in North Carolina. In March 2017, House Bill 142, was passed which repeals House Bill 2.

The AAFP supports the Association of the American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Principles of Inclusion, whereas it states, “We confront and reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, political beliefs, geographic, socioeconomic, and educational background or any other differences that have led to misunderstanding, hostility and injustice."

The AAFP has sent a letter to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and will post a response if received. Here you can view a press conference and further information from the Charlotte Chamber highlighting their views in which they reject discrimination in any form and will focus on expanding protections, including participating in the process to lead to the reform of HB2, for the LGBTQ community.

The session below will be presented at the conference:

Diversity & Inclusion: Creating a LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff & Clients
Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML, Associate Dean, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Attendees will learn various aspects of diversity and inclusion and how having a diverse team and inclusive culture helps the business bottom line. Attendees will gain an awareness and appreciation of diversity around gender identify and expression, and sexual orientation. Tips will be provided for employees on what to look for in a place of employment for LGBTQ+ inclusion, and also tips will be provided for employers on how to make the environment LGBTQ+ inclusive and friendly for clients and staff. These presentations will also provide information and facts concerning LGBTQ+ health and wellness issues, and address needs and ways to address barriers surrounding LGBTQ+ health and wellness in the workplace.