Diversifying veterinary student populations
Banfield recently commissioned a survey of high school and college students from Lincoln University College of Medicine. Results showed that 57% of students surveyed had once considered becoming a veterinarian, but 32% changed their mind before graduating college. Over 50% of Black students in this population reported that a family member, friend, mentor, or school counselor persuaded them to choose another profession.
These findings reveal the importance of providing mentorship opportunities and working closely with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to help increase the pipeline of Black veterinary students, says Banfield.