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Recent Tuskegee University Graduate Receives the 2024 EveryCat NAVLE Scholarship

EveryCat Health Foundation congratulates DeAndrea Peterson, recent graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary on receiving the 2024 EveryCat NAVLE Scholarship. This $800 scholarship is provided to help a recent veterinary student graduate cover the cost of registration to sit for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). Successful passage of the NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in the US and Canada.

We asked Dr. Peterson to tell us about herself and her plans as a practicing veterinarian.

“Hello everyone, I am DeAndrea Peterson, and I am extremely fortunate to be the recipient of the EveryCat NAVLE scholarship.

I am from Lowndes County, Alabama, a small rural area in southern Alabama, about 30 minutes away from Montgomery, Alabama. My grandfather and his siblings were fortunate enough to have acres of land they each owned and on a portion of this land, my great uncle owned livestock animals. From cattle, chickens, goats, and pigs, you name it and he had it. Amongst the livestock animals, we’ve always owned a family pet, most times a dog. I would say this is what struck my love for animals. Even though no one else in my family was very fond of animals, they didn’t bat an eye or say no when I brought a dog home and said it was ours when they asked whose dog I had.

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to have a career where I would be around animals. I had thoughts of being a zookeeper, a wildlife photographer, or even a marine biologist, but in seventh grade, I decided that being a veterinarian was the best choice for me.  At that moment, I began researching different schools just to give myself an idea of what to expect. I attended Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University and obtained my bachelor’s degree in animal bio-health sciences in 2019 and began veterinary school at Tuskegee University in 2020.

Although Covid-19 had an impact on my class, I’ve enjoyed most of the days there. Veterinary school is not easy, to say the least, but with good peers and friends, you can always make it through the roughest days. Making new friends, learning techniques, completing solo surgeries, servicing clients and their furbabies, and creating core memories with those you love and cherish have been some of my favorite moments in veterinary school. Tuskegee has introduced me to people that I can say I will hold near and dear to my heart for years to come. No, veterinary school was not easy, but my mother and siblings have been my biggest supporters through it all. My veterinary study group and close-knit friends have also played a big role in this as well. With so many encouraging words and help, I know that without my loved ones and God, I would not have made it this far.

As of now, I will be working in Tuscaloosa, AL, along four other amazing veterinarians and a great staff in a small animal clinic. I hope to soak up as much knowledge and as many skills during my time there as a new grad. At some point in my career, my goal is to be able to give back to my community and provide affordable pet care to them. I would also like to have a mobile service for those that are unable to make it to a clinic or would prefer a less stressful environment for their pets. I am not sure where God will take me in the next 5 years or so, but I am putting my faith and trust in Him.

I thank everyone at Every Cat Health Foundation for this award, and I hope to someday contribute to this foundation.”

~ Dr. DeAndrea Peterson, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2024.

 

EveryCat Health Foundation wishes Dr. Peterson the very best as she begins her career as a practicing veterinarian!