OUR STORY

YOUR FUTURE

 

The Latinx Veterinary Medical Association was founded in February 2020 by Yvette Huizar and Juan S. Orjuela. Growing up, they experienced a lack of Latinx representation in the veterinary profession. The absence of role models and support made their journey in veterinary medicine challenging, and at times discouraging. They also observed how language and cultural barriers impacted client education and patient care. The LVMA was created to form a community of Latinx excellence in veterinary medicine. Our community welcomes veterinarians, veterinary professionals, students, and clients. We are also proud to welcome allies that are invested in furthering our mission.

 

“We want the veterinary profession to reflect the diversity in our society"

 

The LVMA hopes to increase visibility of current Latinx veterinary professionals and inspire more students to become veterinarians. We will also advocate on behalf of Latinx veterinary professionals and Latinx clients. The LVMA wants you to embrace your heritage and help you promote the valuable contribution that you bring to your community. We hope to help you become a leader in our profession by amplifying your voice and providing you with a platform that supports you!

OUR MISSION

YOUR GROWTH

To empower Latinx professionals in veterinary medicine and support the next generation of Latinx veterinarians.

OUR VISION

YOUR COMMUNITY

 

To help create a veterinary community that is representative of our society in order to make veterinary care more accessible to the Latinx community

 

PILLARS OF EMPOWERMENT

Our pillars of empowerment are the guiding principles for achieving our mission. They include professional development, mentorship, outreach and scholarship.

Unique continuing education learning experiences

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Connecting members with career opportunities, externship, and internship

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Hosting LVMA networking events at veterinary conferences

Pre-veterinary mentorship programs within LVMA student chapters

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Latinx DVM directory of potential mentors for students and recent veterinary graduates

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Formal mentorship program with veterinary students to connect veterinary students with Latinx mentors

Educational veterinary presentations at predominantly Latinx/Hispanic schools

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Increase visibility of Latinx veterinary professionals as role models

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Encourage Latinx/Hispanic youth to pursue careers in veterinary medicine

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Provide educational resources for Latinx/Hispanic clients

Provide scholarships for veterinary students and pre-veterinary students

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Funding and stipends for veterinary opportunities for veterinary students

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Vouchers to assist financially disadvantaged students in applying to veterinary school and NAVLE preparation

 
 
 
 
 

MEET OUR LEADERS

“No importa cuantas veces te caigas, si no cuantas veces te levantas.”

Yvette Huizar
Co-Founder 
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Yvette was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. She is a first generation Mexican American and spent some of her childhood in Zacatecas, Mexico, where her love for animals flourished. She earned her degree in Molecular Environmental Biology at UC Berkeley and is a 4th year veterinary student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Yvette is passionate about representation in veterinary medicine and making resources accessible to Spanish speaking clients. Her veterinary interests include emergency medicine, radiology, and exotic animal medicine.

"Querer es Poder - believe and you will achieve”

Juan S. Orjuela
Co-Founder 
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Juan, otherwise known as "Juancho" was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised there until 2001 when he and his family immigrated to Minnesota in the United States. Juancho attended the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin from 2012-2017 where he graduated with a bachelors in biology and environmental sciences. Currently Juancho is a third-year veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. He is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession. His veterinary interests include physical 

rehabilitation, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, practice ownership and taking on other leadership roles.

 

Carlos Campos, DVM
Treasurer
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Dr. Campos was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He immigrated to the US with his family in the late 80’s as a teenager. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  He has served the Pasco/Hernando residents since graduation. Dr. Campos was a practice owner for 14 years. He was named America’s Favorite Veterinarian in 2013 by the AVMF.

“Follow your dreams and do not hang on to the past”

Richalice Meléndez
Secretary
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Richalice was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and raised in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico until she was 11 years old. In 2006, her family moved to Miami, Florida. She attended Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, completing her Bachelor's in Animal Science in 2016. Currently, Richalice is a fourth year veterinary student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is interested in small animal practice and anatomic pathology.

"Enfrenta los obstáculos a medida que se presenten, no pierdas energía temiendo lo que pueda haber en el futuro" -Isabel Allende