Leading Provider of Preventive Veterinary Care Enters National Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for Second Year; continues its initiatives to train the next generation of veterinary professionals
VANCOUVER, Wash., May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Banfield Pet Hospital® – the leading provider of preventive veterinary care in the United States – announced the inaugural class of its NextVet internship program as part of the recent engagement towards the expansion of its Educational Pathways program for future and current veterinary professionals. Starting this summer, 15 high school students – each with an extraordinary drive and passion for pets – will participate in a paid opp-purr-tunity of a lifetime at Banfield hospitals in eight cities: Atlanta, dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland–Vancouverand washington d.c.
The NextVet Internship Program provides a valuable immersive experience, with students learning first-hand about companion animal medicine careers from Banfield’s passionate and caring practice leaders, industry experts and hospital teams. To expand opportunities beyond the intern class of 2022, Banfield has also offered Pet Care Assistant positions to 10 highly qualified applicants.
In order to continue to create opportunities and inspire future veterinary professionals at every stage of their academic career, the firm announces for the second consecutive year a one-year national partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America focused on reaching K-12 students from underrepresented backgrounds through a series of career awareness events.
These initiatives were recently recognized by Fast Company as Changing idea of the worldwith Banfield’s Educational Pathways program honored in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Education categories for the firm’s efforts to address the veterinary workforce and diversity crisis.
New research commissioned by Mars Veterinary Health highlights this need, noting that the profession faces a chronic shortage of veterinary professionals, with the long-standing lack of diversity in the industry playing a critical role.
“Banfield strongly believes that there is an intersection between strengthening the veterinary talent pool and diversifying the profession,” said Melissa Marshall, Vice President of People and Organization at Banfield. “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.”
Banfield dedicates significant resources to educational pathways to impact associates. This includes the recent expansion of the partnership of the firm with InStride, which now offers Banfield-paid tuition for paraprofessionals to complete an online undergraduate degree in marketing, IT and general business – in addition to STEM and pre-vet medicine. Associates now have more flexibility on start dates and the ability to graduate from high school at no cost.
Other important Pathways Educational efforts include the Banfield Veterinary Student Debt Relief Program. Since the program’s inception, the practice has contributed more than $20 million to help veterinarians repay their student loans and has enabled more than $17 million in student debt refinancing for Associates.
To help meet market demand for qualified veterinary professionals – particularly in rural communities – Banfield is also continuing to invest in the development of a new online Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology program at Appalachian State University. App Status accepting applications through July 1, 2022 for the first course starting this fall. For more information on the program or to apply, visit the Online Application Status veterinary technology program page.
Follow the NextVet @BanfieldLife and #NextVet intern journey and stay up to date on the 2023 NextVet application process at: jobs.banfield.com/NextVet.
About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Banfield Pet Hospital was founded in Portland, Oregon. in 1955 and is today a pioneer in preventive veterinary care with more than 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, washington d.c., Porto Ricoand Mexico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high quality veterinary care to more than three million animals each year. Banfield collects data from each of these visits into the largest electronic veterinary health records system in the United States. Our goal is to be there for pets, people and society. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices, Banfield is committed to achieving its goal – A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® – because companion animals create a better world for us. Press wishing to obtain additional information are invited to call the media hotline: (888) 355-0595.
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Banfield Pet Hospital Media Hotline: (888) 355-0595
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