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College of Veterinary Medicine

History: People of Color


People of color have had a rich and productive impact on the veterinary medical profession. This is an initial attempt to chronicle the role of at least a representation of our many colleagues who have served so well, often under very difficult circumstances, as examples to whom our profession and minority youth can look for inspiration in creating and seizing pathways to opportunity in veterinary medicine.

One of the most important landmarks in the furtherance of African Americans specifically in the veterinary medical profession was the founding of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee Institute and the historical context within which it took place.

Author Eugene W. Adams paper named “A Historical Overview of African American Veterinarians in the United States: 1889-2000, as published by the JVME. PDF format.