Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship and Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship


Alexandra Awad

Alexandra Awad is a 3rd year DVM student at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a first-generation Puerto Rican-Egyptian and one of the few in her extended family to become a doctor. She grew up wanting to become a veterinarian, and minority underrepresentation in veterinary medicine inspired her to be an element of change for future generations. During her first semester of veterinary school, she co-founded the Tufts Cummings Student Chapter of the Latinx Veterinary Medical Association. In the spring 2021 semester, she developed the inaugural Spanish for Veterinarians Selective for pre-clinical students, where students participated in a language learning course and experiential learning opportunities for communication practice with Spanish-speaking clients. After word spread through the campus, she created the Veterinary Spanish Clinical Elective for fourth-year students on clinical rotations. After graduation, she aspires to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and own a small animal general practice with goals to reduce barriers to accessing veterinary care.

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