Veterinary Medicine Lacks Hispanics in Texas, U.S.

Nudged by a father who trained racehorses, Dr. Orlando Garza set off to study veterinary medicine in College Station 35 years ago. Garza, who now owns an animal hospital in his hometown of El Paso, remembers being the sole Hispanic student in the veterinary program at Texas A&M University.

“There were no Hispanics whatsoever,” said Garza, 57. “I was the only one.”

Decades later, the profession remains one where few Hispanics have applied. Garza was one of 84 Hispanic veterinarians in Texas in 2010, making up less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to ...

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