The Importance of Hispanic/Latin Representation in the Veterinary Profession

The Importance of Hispanic/Latin Representation in the Veterinary Profession

Dueñas explains the impact of having role models and heroes to look up to and how representation impacted her journey into veterinary medicine

This episode of The Vet Blast Podcast discusses a number of topics with Jackie Dueñas, DVM, including work-life balance and Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

Below is a partial transcript. Listen to the full podcast to learn more.

Jackie Duenas, DVM: I [was] lucky to grow up with people who looked like me in veterinary medicine. so for me [I was able] thinking I could become a vet because my role models were all Latin and Hispanic vets. But even if, for example, on Instagram and TikTok… even if 1 person sees me and says “Hey, she looks like me” or you know, maybe I don’t look like them, but for some reason they connect to me and say, “Okay, I can be a vet. I can do what she does.” So that’s what makes me happy.

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