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Second HBCU Veterinarian School Coming In 2026

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is making strides in diversity, becoming the second HBCU to host a veterinarian program.

“We are hoping that our new school will open the door and create plenty of opportunities in an underserved field,” said Moses Kairo, the dean of agricultural and natural sciences at the university. “There are very few vet schools being established, so there’s room for growth. We feel our timing is just right.”

“The bottom line is we need more veterinarians of all races, from all backgrounds,” said Stacy Pursell, CEO of the VET Recruiter. “It’s a much bigger picture than just race. There are very limited spots at veterinary schools, and they turn away more students than they can accept.”

The school anticipates hosting an accelerated 3-year program, with a year-round curriculum equal to the rigor met at other prestigious veterinary schools. According to its interim dean, Dr. Kimberly Braxton, the UMES is taking steps to ensure that future generations of Black veterinarians are prepared to overcome a shortage in a vital field.

“It’s a huge task,” said Braxton, “but a good task to have.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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