Dr. Jovanna Radillo is an inspiring Mexican-American veterinarian, who graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She grew up in the inner city of Los Angeles, California and was a first generation student at UC Davis, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Evolution and Ecology Biology with a minor in Comparative Literature. During her undergraduate career, she decided to stay for a fifth year at UC Davis in order to slow down and enjoy her time, while also using the opportunity to acquire more veterinary experience. After graduating, she then went on to pursue a Master's degree at CSU Sacramento in Public Policy and Administration. Finally, she obtained her Degree of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis and has been working in corporate veterinary medicine at Banfield Pet Hospital ever since. Her interests include behavior, dermatology, ophthalmology, and dentistry. Dr. Radillo was one out of only two Hispanic students in her class during veterinary school. She strongly believes that diversity is necessary in veterinary medicine because everyone has different perspectives and life experiences that can help contribute to the success and growth of the profession. Dr. Radillo is an inspiring role model for all Hispanic pre-vet students because her story shows that everything is possible when there is a will and passion.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Dr. Radillo recommends using all of the resources available to students. During her undergraduate years, she frequently visited the Student Academic Success Center, which helped her succeed in her classes.
- Build a support system and surround yourself with people, who will support you during times of stress in your education and profession.
- Start saving up money for veterinary school applications and for the flights to attend your interviews.
- Research the schools you want to apply to and make sure they are the best fit for you! Consider the location, cost, financial aid opportunities, admissions criteria, class size, curriculum, and campus facilities.
- It's okay to ask for help! As veterinarians, we will be super busy looking after sick animals, but it is important to take care of ourselves! Dr. Radillo encourages students to visit counseling services during undergrad and veterinary school because mental health is extremely important.
BY Trisha zarinana