Christine Mallo, University of Illinois
Life as a Vet Student, Entry
Second year, oh second year. As those of us enrolled in veterinary school understand, the type of graduate problem we have aspired our whole lives to be a part of comes as a challenge. There are up and downs, and then they are repeated over and over. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t going to be a break, which is exactly how the second year of school felt for me. It was a challenge, a struggle, and down-right hard, but at the end of the day, I can honestly say that this year has made me not only a stronger student, but a more appreciative individual as well.
Most students would agree that first year of school is the most shocking, as the format of the curriculum is new for all and adjustments must be made quickly to keep up. For me, I went into first year expecting the absolute hardest year of my life, and while it was difficult, I kept my head high and my mind focused and was proud of the grades I received.
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Leo Holguin, Western
Veterinary Medicine is the whitest profession in the United States. While the US population is experiencing a dramatic demographic change, the profession’s demographics have remained the same for the past 20 years. Can a profession who does not reflect the general population effectively serve its community?
The United States population is experiencing a rapid change in its ethnic makeup. Based on the Pew Research Center, it is estimated that by 2040 people of color will comprise more than half of the US population. Yet, while US demographics are changing, the phenotype of the veterinary profession remains unchanged. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 96% of all practicing veterinarians and 88% of all veterinary students are White. 96% are White. But, you may be asking yourself, why care. In order for the veterinary profession to address the needs of its clients and fulfill its mission of serving all of society and all animals to the best advantage, it must embrace diversity!
A plethora of theories have risen in attempts to explain the lack of diversity within the profession. Unfortunately, those theories have been proposed by the very leaders of the profession: older white men who have adopted preconceived notions of race and gender. One theory claims that