Banfield Pet Hospital welcomed the inaugural class of its NextVet internship program to expand its educational pathways program for future and current veterinary professionals.
According to a company statement, this summer, 15 high school students with a passion for veterinary medicine will participate in a paid opportunity at Banfield hospitals in 8 cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland-Vancouver and Washington DC1 Banfield’s practice leaders, industry experts, and hospital teams provide students with first-hand knowledge of companion animal medicine careers through the internship. Additionally, Banfield has offered Pet Care Assistant positions to 10 highly qualified candidates.
Additionally, the practice further promotes opportunities for future veterinary professionals by announcing its second one-year national partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This collaboration targets K-12 students from underrepresented backgrounds through a host of career awareness events. According to research from Mars Veterinary Health, the veterinary field is experiencing a perpetual shortage of professionals, with the long-standing lack of diversity being a key factor.2
“Banfield strongly believes that there is an intersection between strengthening the veterinary talent pool and diversifying the profession,” Melissa Marshall, Banfield’s vice president of people and organization, said in the release.
“By continuing to break down barriers to equitable education through the expansion of Banfield’s educational pathways program, we are creating more accessible pathways for current and future veterinary professionals. Our goal is to help create a more sustainable industry so that we can better serve people, pets, and communities.”
Other progress Banfield has made in devoting resources to educational pathways include1:
- Expand the firm’s partnership with InStride to provide its paraprofessionals with paid opportunities to receive additional training and credentials
- Helping Students Through Banfield’s Veterinary Student Debt Relief Program
- Investing in the Creation of a New Online Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology Program at Appalachian State University
- Banfield Pet Hospital® is welcoming the inaugural class of its 2022 NextVet Internship Program as part of the Educational Pathways’ expanded offerings and initiatives. Press release. May 5, 2022. Accessed May 5, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/banfield-pet-hospital-welcomes-inaugural-class-of-its-2022-nextvet-internship-program-as- is-part-of-the-expanses-educational-course-offers-and-initiatives-301540216.html
- Address the shortage of veterinary professionals. Mars Vet Health. March 2022. Accessed May 5, 2022. https://www.marsveterinary.com/tackling-the-veterinary-professional-shortage