Episode 59: Veterinarian TV-star uses his unique platform to inspire others
On this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Dr Vernard Hodges, Critter Fixers co-star, offers insight on what it's like practicing veterinary medicine on television, plus highlights his mission to encourage other minorities to pursue veterinary medicine.
Vernard Hodges, DVM, co-star of National Geographic's Critter Fixers: Country Vets, says he never thought he would be on television but is excited to use his unique platform to encourage aspiring veterinarians. In his talk with Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, Hodges explains the day-to-day life of being a veterinarian and a television star, plus offers guidance on diversifying the future generation of veterinary medicine.
“A day typically is [I] get in and I’m hiding from the guy who mikes me up because I’m trying to get my day started...so I’m miked up and then I go about my day. I’m doing surgeries with cameras in my face and that’s kind of the gist,” says Hodges on this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast.
Additionally, Hodges emphasizes an important effect of his show—how it's been inspiring other people from minority groups interested in pursuing veterinary medicine.
“You see these kids who never seen a black veterinarian in their lives. They’re like, ‘I can do it.’ So that has definitely been a good thing,” he says. “It was the show that was so different and gave me a platform to be that person who’s a minority and show other minorities that you can do it.”
Listen below to learn more about Hodges' dual career, plus his efforts in inspiring diversity within the profession.