A total of 9 veterinary students will receive full scholarships and more, with 3 selected from each incoming class across 3 years.
The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) announced the first students selected as the IDEXX Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholars: Brittany T. Howard, Justin A. Hodrick, and Sydney N. Johnson. These first-year veterinary students are members of the TUCVM graduating class of 2025 and are the first of 9 total recipients of this award. Three students each from the incoming classes of 2022 and 2023 will be chosen in the future.
“Our first 3 scholarship recipients were grateful to have been selected to represent as IDEXX scholars. IDEXX’s intentional commitment to support each recipient’s full academic journey through acquiring their DVM from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine speaks to IDEXX’s extraordinary and strategic vision for the future of veterinary medicine,” said Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVR , and dean of the college.
“With IDEXX as a committed partner, we can continue to advance diversity and equity in veterinary medicine, which are hallmarks in the history of TUCVM,” Perry added.
According to an organizational release, this multiyear initiative with the IDEXX Foundation is designed to drive comprehensive and positive outcomes for diversifying the veterinary field. The initiative includes 9 full scholarships, mental health support for veterinary students, emergency funding for students in need, and funding for important capital improvements at the TUCVM facilities.Each of these elements was identified through in partnership with TUCVM leadership.
“Having been inspired by these scholars’ stories and ambitions, we are confident that they will have an immensely positive impact on veterinary medicine for decades to come,” said Jay Mazelsky, IDEXX President and Chief Executive Officer.”We worked closely with our partners at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine to support an initiative that helps students thrive by going beyond full academic scholarships to include the complete student experience.”
The TUCVM is the only veterinary medical professional program in the United States located on the campus of a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). TUCVM has been at the forefront of increasing access to veterinary medical education, educating 70% of African American veterinarians, according to a press release from the school.
Meet the inaugural IDEXX-TUCVM Scholars
The following bios were provided by the TUCVM press release:
Brittany Howard is a first-year veterinary student now attending Tuskegee University who attended Fort Valley State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science. She is from Birmingham, Alabama, and the oldest of 4 siblings all raised by a single mother who poured all she could in them to be high achievers. Howard is a woman of faith and believes that God called her and her siblings to work hard and achieve. She plans to use her background knowledge of animal agriculture and animal welfare to further her education while earning her DVM degree.
Howard has not settled on what she would like to specialize in yet; however, her career interests include owning a veterinarian cooperation chain. She desires for this chain of veterinarian-related businesses to consist of private practices, specialty practices, shelters, pet stores, and more. Howard’s other interests outside of veterinary medicine include reading the Bible, meditating, and practicing yoga.
Justin Hodrick is from Houston, Texas, and a member of this year’s first-year class of veterinary students enrolled in the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Hodrick has been pursuing his interests in veterinary medicine for six years. Prior to entering the veterinary professional program, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Texas Tech University. Hodrick is currently interested in small animal orthopedic surgery and large animal theriogenology with hopes to open his own practice in his hometown, Houston.
He is profoundly involved in his community and has enjoyed his time volunteering at the Houston Humane Society, South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and mentoring at-risk youth in the Lubbock, Texas area. Hodrick wishes to continue to be active in his community throughout his academic and professional career.
Sydney Johnson is a first-year veterinary student attending the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine and is originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She loves suburban areas and has the future ambition, after receiving her DVM, to start her next adventure in a suburban community. Currently, Johnson is unsure of what she desires to specialize in as a veterinarian but is open to learning all the options available in the profession and knows she enjoys working especially with small animals. Her current interests include veterinary dentistry, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation.
Johnson is a woman of faith and at her home church, she was very involved in serving as a volunteer in the media and elevation ministries. She assisted the crew in filming the services and helped the unemployed find work. A few of her hobbies include reading, working out, and trying new foods.
3 Veterinary students selected as the first IDEXX-Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholars. release. February 24, 2022. Accessed February 24, 2022. https://www.tuskegee.edu/news/three-veterinary-students-selected-as-the-first-idexx-tuskegee-university-college-of-veterinary-medicine -scholars