Western University of Health Sciences is proud to have two students, both
studying in the College of Veterinary Medicine, to be named as
scholarship awardees of this year’s Inland Empire Scholarship Fund.
Veronica Bocanegra (DVM 2007) and Darlene Sanchez (DVM 2009) have both
been awarded Inland Empire Scholarships, which are awarded once a year to
Latino students in higher education.
The scholarship is particularly important to Bocanegra and Sanchez as
both women are studying in a field traditionally underrepresented by
Latinos and other people of color.
“”Many clients that veterinarians see are Hispanic, especially in Southern
California,”” said Veronica Bocanegra. “”It makes a world of difference
when you speak to them in Spanish and explain what is wrong with their
animal. Having the opportunity to speak Spanish and relate to clients who
also speak the language opens up many doors to veterinarians and makes
clients feel very comfortable and educated about their pet’s health.””
“”There is a great need for veterinarians in Southern California and
throughout the country. And an even greater need for bilingual
veterinarians to serve our nation’s Latino communities,”” said College of
Veterinary Medicine Dean Shirley Johnston. “”Veronica Bocanegra and
Darlene Sanchez represent the best of our students, and we are privileged
to see them honored by the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund.””
Western University of Health Sciences is the first and only college of
veterinary medicine in Southern California, which has a very large
Spanish-speaking population. The curriculum at WesternU works to produce
competent veterinarians to fill the growing need in animal health care;
and the scholarship ensures that more Spanish-speaking practitioners will
be able to communicate with both their English-speaking and Spanish-
Awards will be made at a ceremony in Spanish on Saturday, May 13, 2006,
at the University of California, Riverside.