About Us

Mission Statement

iHELP’s primary mission for Veterinary Medicine is to increase the number of Blacks in the veterinary medicine profession.

Vision Statement

To support Blacks in veterinary medicine profession by:

  • Providing high-quality professional development
  • Educating students about career choices
  • Educating teachers and guidance counselors about careers in veterinary medicine profession
  • Providing educational opportunities and experiential learning opportunities for students

Strategic Goals

Development: membership (both individual and institutional), conferences, grants, and sponsorships

Take steps to redress the underrepresentation of Blacks in healthcare educational programs, healthcare leadership through advocacy, education and training specifically tailored for Black students pre-K-12, pre-healthcare programs in HBCUs;

Provide a network mentoring opportunities at the professional and pre-professional level

Provide internships and clinical experiences for pre-professional
Provide scholarships for pre-vet students

Work with public and provide schools that are interested in designing and executing plans to educate Black students about healthcare careers

Build a network of individuals and organizations that advocates for increasing the number of Blacks in healthcare at every level and profession.

Provide career planning and advice to professionals and pre-professionals
Provide online resources – current research, application and admissions information, outreach

​This organization embraces diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment as core values and works to ensure that healthcare education and healthcare organizations learn to embrace these values as well.