Only 3.8% of the 11,483 U.S. veterinary students last year were listed as Hispanic, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, but experts say diversity among clinicians is important in veterinary medicine, as it is in other health care fields. Leaders in animal health are trying to provide outreach to Hispanics so that more will develop an interest in veterinary medicine. Dr. Beth Sabin, an associate director with the AVMA, notes that there are many aspects of veterinary medicine to appeal to those considering a career, but she points out that the high cost of veterinary education relative to the salary is a barrier.

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