Veterinarians in Florida seek more diversity in veterinary practice

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Veterinarian Colorado Springs, Florida is an urban area of a county of nearly 9 million people in South Florida.

It has one of the highest concentrations of physicians in the state and the city has long been home to a large number of veterinary schools. 

But Dr. David DeJesus says he doesn’t want to see more vets here. 

He and his wife, Kelly, are trying to create a veterinary clinic in the middle of their home in a suburb. 

“We’re trying to be an alternative to the other ones that we see in other parts of the country,” Dr. DeJesus said. 

DeJesus is a veterinarian at the veterinary school, but his clinic will also be the primary care provider of those coming from outside the area. 

 “I want to be the one to fill those needs for the vets,” he said.

“And if we have someone who is not in the community, then we need to fill that role.” 

The clinic is already a success. 

The couple have seen patients for more than a year and they’re looking to expand their practice.

They want to bring in more students from outside of their community. 

They’ve already heard from more than 30 students who have signed up to work with them. 

When asked about the possibility of adding to the population, DeJesus was hesitant to say.

“I don’t want the community to get complacent, because it doesn’t have to be this way,” he told Time. 

According to the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medicine School, the population of veterinarians in the US is projected to reach 2.6 million by 2025. 

Dr DeJesus hopes that the new clinic will fill the gap for people in need of care, but the study says that number is already growing. 

To create a viable clinic, DeJesus is looking to attract more students and develop a program to help those sign up. 

As the number of veterinaries in the country continues to grow, the University of Florida is working with the US Department of Agriculture to provide a program to help fill that void. While Dr DeChas fears that the diversity needed to create the clinic will decrease, he says he is confident that the population will expand in the future. 

A study from the University of Georgia found that a small population of veterinarians was a significant factor in the decline of Vets United in 2017. 

In 2017, a majority of the veterinarians on the VETS United website were white. 

That’s why DeBlasio says the community is expected to continue to grow until the number of vets who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Middle Eastern or Asian American is no longer the case. 

However, Dennis said that there is still room for improvement in terms of the veterinary schools at the school. 

DHS has made efforts to diversify the animal care careers of all vets, especially African Americans. 

One of the goals of the Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Care and Training Program is to educate Vietnam veterans about their veterinary care needs and help them find Vet care that is comparable to what they could expect to receive from a private school. 

Kelly DeDasio said they need more vets at the school because it isn’t an alternative to a private vet school.

“The idea of a private school doesn’t exist for vets,” Kelly said.