- Venaya Jones is the first black woman to own a veterinary hospital in Cleveland in the United States
- With her success, she made history in a field that is heavily dominated by the whites
- Jones said she has always wanted to take care of pet even before knowing what the profession was called
Venaya Jones, a black woman in the United State, has set another record as she is the first woman to own a veterinary hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to BOTW, she said she has always loved taking care of animals, adding that she did not know it was a professional that had a particular name.
“I knew I wanted to fix animals, but I had no idea what it was called or that it was even a profession. Career day just put a name to the profession that I had already been dreaming about,” she said.
It should be noted that she started out a hospital running a call home company called The Other Family Doctor and hard to struggle to get funding at the beginning.
Jones said she felt having the hospital in Cleveland was a great opportunity as there lot of people with pets but no place to take them to.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity here in Cleveland, especially there being no other vet hospitals here. There are tons of people with pets, we’re in the health tech corridor. I mean, this is where quality medicine is discovered and done, and I want to be a part of that,” she said.
Another thing that should be noted is that veterinary medicine is considered as a professor that is common with the whites in America, reportedly make 97.3% of people in the field.
Efforts like the grant Tuskegee University got in 2015 are seeking to change that narrative and make the profession all-involving to whoever wants to go into it.
Meanwhile, Pearlena Igbokwe is the first African woman to head a big TV station in the US, making big waves in the country’s media.
Igbokwe was born in Lagos in the 1960s during the infamous Nigerian Civil War. It was reported that her family’s house in the village was destroyed by bomber planes.
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