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Latinx Veterinary Medical Association

Latinx VMA was created to form a community of Latinx excellence in veterinary medicine. Our community welcomes veterinarians, veterinary professionals, students, pet parents, and allies!
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A Community of Latinx Excellence in Veterinary Medicine

About The Latinx VMA

The Latinx Veterinary Medical Association was founded in February 2020 by Yvette Huizar and Juan S. Orjuela. Growing up, they experienced a lack of Latinx representation in the veterinary profession. The absence of role models and support made their journey in veterinary medicine challenging, and at times discouraging. They also observed how language and cultural barriers impacted client education and patient care. The Latinx VMA was created to form a community of Latinx excellence in veterinary medicine. Our community welcomes veterinarians, veterinary professionals, students, and clients. We are also proud to welcome allies that are invested in furthering our mission.

What LATINX
means to us

Latinx is an inclusive term that represents individuals of different genders and backgrounds that identify as Latin American and or Hispanic. Individuals residing in the USA & Canada, including first, second, and third-generation people, being Latinx is in your soul. If you are Latinx you are proud to be where you are from!

OUR MISSION
YOUR GROWTH

To empower Latinx/Hispanic professionals in veterinary medicine and support the next generation of Latinx/Hispanic veterinarians.

OUR VISION
YOUR COMMUNITY

To help create a veterinary community that is representative of our society in order to make veterinary care more accessible to the Latinx community.

IN THE USA

SOURCE – Marigny Research Group, Inc. (MRG)(2018) US Pet Market Outlook 2018 – 2019

%

Hispanic household owned pets

Accounting for almost 20 million pet owners in 2016.

%

Hispanic Veterinarians

Only about 5% of veterinarians in the United States are Hispanic.

%

Hispanic household owned pets

Accounting for almost 20 million pet owners in 2016.

%

Hispanic Veterinarians

Only about 5% of veterinarians in the United States are Hispanic.

IN THE USA

SOURCE – Marigny Research Group, Inc. (MRG)(2018) US Pet Market Outlook 2018 – 2019

IN CANADA

SOURCE –StatsCan 2011 National Household Survey

Latin Americans are one of the fastest-growing ethnic populations in Canada.

Spanish is the fastest-growing foreign language in Canada.

PILLARS OF EMPOWERMENT

Our pillars of empowerment are the guiding principles for achieving our mission. They include professional development, mentorship, outreach, and scholarship.

Making an ImpactOn Our Community

Our Leaders

We are a community of Latinx professionals in veterinary medicine. Our goal is to elevate, make visible, and CELEBRATE Latinx people in our profession. The Latinx community is incredibly diverse, but aspects of our history and experiences in the US & Canada connect us all. Our cultura and our stories are important and deserve to be shared. Our perspectives and abilities make us ESSENTIAL to our profession. We are here to properly represent and support you throughout your journey as a veterinary professional!

Our Leaders

We are a community of Latinx professionals in veterinary medicine. Our goal is to elevate, make visible, and CELEBRATE Latinx people in our profession. The Latinx community is incredibly diverse, but aspects of our history and experiences in the US & Canada connect us all. Our cultura and our stories are important and deserve to be shared. Our perspectives and abilities make us ESSENTIAL to our profession. We are here to properly represent and support you throughout your journey as a veterinary professional!