How-to: Connecting underrepresented students to veterinary careers

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Journey for Teams: Medical professionals

Would you like to find ways to connect diverse youth in your community to veterinary medicine?

The newest learning module from Journey for Teams can help.

Pathway Development in Veterinary Medicine points you and your team members to actions you can take to support underrepresented students—particularly based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status—in considering careers in veterinary medicine. It’s the tenth Journey for Teams module, available on the Journey for Teams website.

Using a short video and supporting materials, the module offers concrete actions that will help you identify students from underrepresented groups, expose them to veterinary medicine, and support them in considering it as a possible career path. For example:

  • Provide paid student internship programs for high school and college students to help eliminate socioeconomic barriers to gaining valuable experience.
  • Partner with youth organizations and schools to participate in career days to introduce students to veterinary medicine.
  • Add books to your waiting room that show diversity in veterinary medicine.

View Pathway Development in Veterinary Medicine on the Journey for Teams website.

Journey for Teams releases a new learning module every month, exploring topics that deepen our understanding of and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The program was developed by the AVMA in partnership with the Veterinary Medical Association Executives. 

Visit JourneyForTeams.org to learn more and catch up on earlier educational modules.

Journey for Teams, developed by the AVMA in collaboration with the Veterinary Medical Association Executives, is generously supported by many industry partners.

Collaborating partners: National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America; Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

Educational partners—Trailblazers: Boehringer Ingelheim; Mars Veterinary Health; Nationwide; NAVC; National Veterinary Associates; Petco/Petco Love; Viticus Group; Zoetis

Educational partners—Adventurers:  CareCredit; Hill's Pet Nutrition; Merck Animal Health; Suveto

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