Grant aims to give minorities a boost in whitest profession
Tuskegee receives $7.1 million to recruit, train, retain underrepresented populations
Posted Aug. 19, 2015
Veterinary medicine is one of—if not the most—homogeneous professions. In fact, 97.3 percent of veterinarians in the workforce in 2013 were white—the highest of any profession—according to the August 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report “Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity.”
To change that figure, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine recently got word that it will receive $7.1 million from the federal government. The money will help the veterinary program expand its ability to recruit, train, and retain racially and ethnically underrepresented veterinary medical students. The funds also are meant for the institution to continue to educate culturally competent veterinarians and public health professionals.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration announced the three-year grant July 10. It establishes a center of excellence in minority veterinary medical and public health education at Tuskegee via HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce’s Centers of Excellence program.