Black female doctor now co-owner of veterinary hospital

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Celebrity veterinarians: Dr. Terrance Ferguson and Dr. Vernard Hodges from Critter Fixers. Photo: 13WMAZ

One of the fields that lack diversity in America is the veterinary industry. Available data shows that less than three percent of blacks are veterinarians and fewer are business owners. However, things should change thanks to celebrity veterinarians: Dr. Terrance Ferguson and Dr. Vernard Hodges from Critter Fixers.

Through the help of the two pet doctors, Dr. Clarrissa Porter, a Black woman, is now a co-owner of a veterinary hospital.

She owns 25% of a veterinary business located in PetSmart in Warner Robins, according to 13-WMAZ. “Chill bumps, butterflies. I’m pinching myself all the time,” she said during the opening of the new animal hospital in Houston County.

She partnered with PetSmart and the two celebrity veterinarians. “Less than 2% of veterinarians are of color, black — and even less are business owners, so Pet Smart has this model that allows us to be able to help other veterinarians,” Dr. Ferguson explained.

“The great thing is we’re giving ownership to doctors that never otherwise would have it,” Hodges said.

Dr. Ferguson and Hodges have adopted a framework to make business ownership easier for black veterinarians at a later time. The process includes the pair committing a huge share of their financial might to the investment up front and then with a small investment from the new veterinarian too, that person has the opportunity to gain a larger stake in the future.