Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
After gaining experience and conducting more research into my future career, I found a disheartening pattern I couldn’t ignore. The veterinary field has consistently been rated the least racially diverse profession. Rarely could I find a veterinarian of Black descent to speak to or work with to gain insight. I get this is an issue of perspective--it may not seem like a big deal to someone who has never had to worry about being taken less seriously because of something as trivial as the color of their skin. But, the fact that I couldn’t find someone who resembled me and thrived in the career that I craved so badly, caused diminished confidence. It was truly a revelation in the importance of representation.
This opened my eyes to the reality of my pursuits. No longer was I unsure of my goals, nor was my priority to just save animals. My sole motivation is now bigger than myself--it has shifted to become an inspiration for the next generation of veterinarians who too need validity that they can succeed if they persevere. I work hard to change the narrative and set a new standard of what a veterinarian can look like. My hope is to be a role model that someone can look at and think, “If she did it, then so can I.
A'zani from Pennsylvania
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine