Written by Dr. LaToiya Templeton
Edited by Tanishia Jeboda, Senior Editor for BlackDVM Network
Original Date Posted: November 12, 2020
Dr. Templeton is truly one of a kind. She is a doctor who is as equally devoted to practicing quality medicine as she is to doing her part to improve diversity in the field in the years to come. Holding this mission close to her heart, she tackles each day with strive and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Templeton’s journey with the information she has graciously shared with us below!
Veterinary school attended?
The Ohio State University.
What inspired you to pursue veterinary medicine?
I've always loved animals and wanted to help them to the best of my ability, which for me translated into veterinary medicine.
What's your favorite part of your day (or subject, lab, etc.)?
Advanced surgeries, client education (so together we can help their pet on its specific journey), and training/teaching.
What's been your favorite part of this journey (…or tell us a little bit about your journey)?
I originally came from a low-income neighborhood and was a 1st generation college student. The Ohio State University provided a full ride for undergraduate and while there I completed my vet tech studies during the evenings. Teach For America was my next stepping stone. I taught in underserved communities for 2 years while receiving my M.Ed with the University of Houston. Then, immediately back to Columbus, Ohio where I began my veterinary school career. While I received many offers for medical school, The Ohio State University felt like home. I helped develop a summer camp for underserved minorities to spend 1-2 weeks at the vet school and get a taste of our college community (and that program still runs today). I was a student ambassador and overall worked to enhance and cultivate diversity at our school and my profession. This is something I still strive to do on a daily basis. There are not many veterinarians that look like me, but the more I advocate, the greater the chance that young adults can see endless possibilities in this profession.