Topic 10


Pathway development is the intentionality of identifying, exposing, and supporting underrepresented students (especially pursuant to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) to consider a profession in veterinary medicine. These programs target age ranges from kindergarten through fifth grade, middle school (12-15 years of age), high school, and undergraduate students and can range from an individual event to a continuous program. It is crucial for veterinarians to recognize and understand the diversity in cultural norms and differences of the communities they serve. However, it is equally important for them to take proactive steps to actively recruit and foster a more diverse workforce.