I was asked recently what I thought contributed to the low numbers of Black professionals in the veterinary field and whether there is something uniquely racist about our profession. Here are my thoughts.
Because the risk for anesthesia-associated complications increases in patients with advanced age, a thorough preanesthetic assessment and patient stabilization and monitoring are required for the best outcomes.
Results from a recent study found that veterinary school applicants who identified as White or Asian were more likely to receive 1 offer of admission to veterinary school. Those who identified as Hispanic had a significantly lower chance of receiving an admission offer.
Deciding to euthanize a pet is a difficult decision. Veterinarians can guide owners through the process and make the road to death more comfortable for both the patient and client by using a combination of compassion and medical expertise.