JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Students from the Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology will continue to intern at the Jacksonville Humane Society in hopes of one day becoming veterinarians.
For the second year in a row, the Jacksonville Humane Society received a check for $10,000 to pay for a program aimed at bringing more diversity to the world of veterinary medicine.
Veterinary medicine continues to be one of the least diverse professions in the United States. Dr. Lisa Greenhill, MPA, Ed.D., senior director of institutional research and diversity at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, revealed that minorities make up just 8% of veterinary staff.
Amya Guest, Savannah Davis and Diamond Canada are all Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology students who have completed an internship at the Humane Society since last year.
In the year since our last conversation with Davis and Canada, a lot has happened.
“My confidence skyrocketed with animal care and handling,” Canada said.
“Being part of this program has been the best experience I’ve had,” Davis told us.
Guest says she has gained a lot of veterinary knowledge and experience since joining the program.
“I learned way more than I thought when I arrived,” Guest said. “I learned all the surgeries. I learned to handle the animals after the operations.
On Thursday afternoon, the Humane Society received a check for $10,000 from Corporate Traffic Logistics to provide stipends for students participating in the program. Corporate Traffic Logistics’ marketing director says the company is a long-time partner of the Humane Society and believes in providing opportunities for young people.
“The Jacksonville Humane Society has first-class facilities here, and the opportunities are incredible for people to learn a career in animal care,” said Keith Lechwar, marketing director for Corporate Traffic Logistics.
The young women completing the 250 hour internship at the Humane Society are there to master several veterinary skills before entering university and one day becoming veterinarians. And they are fully aware that they are venturing into an area of medicine where the workforce is not as diverse as it could be.
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