February 24, 2022

Anissa L. Riley, TUCVM Director of External Affairs
Shelby MacLeod, Assoc. Director, Brand Strategy and Corporate Communications


TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) is pleased to announce the first students selected as IDEXX Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholars. Brittany T. Howard, Justin A. Hodrick and Sydney N. Johnson are all first-year veterinary students and members of the TUCVM Class of 2025. They were selected this fall to be the first three recipients of this landmark initiative in which nine first one-year Tuskegee veterinary students will benefit in total. For incoming classes in 2022 and 2023, six additional students will be selected.

“Our first three Fellows were grateful to have been selected to represent as IDEXX Fellows. IDEXX’s intentional commitment to support each recipient’s full academic journey by acquiring their DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine is a testament to IDEXX’s extraordinary and strategic vision for the future of veterinary medicine,” said the Dr. Ruby L. Perry, Dean of the College.

“With IDEXX as a committed partner, we can continue to advance diversity and equity in veterinary medicine, which are hallmarks of TUCVM’s history,” Dr. Perry concluded.

This multi-year initiative with the IDEXX Foundation is designed to generate comprehensive and positive results to diversify the veterinary field. The initiative includes nine full scholarships, mental health support for veterinary students, emergency funding for students in need, and funds for major capital improvements to TUCVM facilities. Each of these elements has been identified through engagement with TUCVM management to maximize the positive impacts of this meaningful collaboration.

“Having been inspired by the stories and ambitions of these researchers, we are confident that they will have an extremely positive impact on veterinary medicine for decades to come,” said Jay Mazelsky, President and CEO of IDEXX. “We have worked closely with our partners at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine to support an initiative that helps students thrive by going beyond full college scholarships to include the full student experience.”

Justin Hodrick

The TUCVM is the only professional veterinary medicine program in the United States located on the campus of a historically black college or university (HBCU). A pioneer in veterinary medical education for 75 years, TUCVM has a proven track record of improving access to veterinary medical education, training 70% of African American veterinarians.

Meet the first IDEXX – TUCVM Fellows:

Brittany Howard is a freshman vet student now attending Tuskegee University who attended Fort Valley State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science. Ms Howard is from Birmingham, Alabama, and the eldest of four siblings, all raised by a single mother who put everything she could into them to be high achievers. Ms. Howard is a woman of faith and believes God has called her and her siblings to work hard and succeed. She plans to use her basic knowledge of animal agriculture and animal welfare to further her education while earning her DVM degree.

Ms. Howard has not yet decided what she would like to specialize in; however, his career interests include owning a chain of veterinary cooperation. She wants this chain of veterinarian-related businesses to consist of private practices, specialty practices, shelters, pet stores, and more. Ms. Howard’s other interests outside of veterinary medicine include Bible reading, meditation and yoga practice.

Justin Hodrick is a native of Houston, Texas, and a member of the first-year class of veterinary students enrolled at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Mr. Hodrick has pursued his interests in veterinary medicine for six years. Prior to entering the veterinary professional program, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. Mr. Hodrick is currently interested in small animal orthopedic surgery and large animal theriogenology with hopes of opening his own practice in his hometown of Houston.

Sidney Johnson

He is deeply involved in his community and has enjoyed his volunteer time with the Houston Humane Society, the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and mentoring at-risk youth in the Lubbock, TX area. Mr. Hodrick wishes to continue to be active in his community throughout his academic and professional career.

Sidney Johnson is a first-year veterinary student attending Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine and is originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She loves suburban areas and has future ambitions after receiving her DVM to begin her next adventure in a suburban community. Currently Ms Johnson isn’t sure what she wants to specialize in as a vet, but she’s open to learning about all the options available in the profession and knows she enjoys working especially with little ones. animals. His current interests include veterinary dentistry, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Ms Johnson is a woman of faith and in her home church she was very involved as a volunteer in media and upliftment ministries. She helped the team film the services and helped the unemployed find work. A few of his hobbies include reading, exercising, and trying new foods.

All three recipients expressed their gratitude to IDEXX for allowing them, as freshmen, to receive this scholarship and helping them pursue their dreams of becoming veterinarians and giving back to their communities in the future.

About Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

Located in Alabama as one of two accredited veterinary programs in the state, it was envisioned in 1944 by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and officially established in Tuskegee in 1945. C is the only veterinary medical professional program located on the campus of a historically black college or university (HBCU) in the United States. The College’s primary mission is to provide an environment that fosters a spirit of active, independent, and self-directed learning, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, and leadership; and promotes education, research and services in veterinary medicine and related disciplines. For more information, visit: www.tuskegee.edu/vetmed.

About the IDEXX Foundation

The IDEXX Foundation is a donor-advised fund administered by a national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the IDEXX Foundation is to create positive and lasting impacts for people, animals and the environment through inclusive and results-oriented initiatives in communities around the world. In addition to creating opportunities for the diverse leaders of tomorrow, the IDEXX Foundation also prioritizes projects that improve access to veterinary care for underserved communities, disaster relief, and animal-assisted therapy, and cultivates community-driven solutions to global challenges of access to clean water, the impacts of climate change and food sustainability.


IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a member of the S&P 500® Index and is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, offering diagnostic and software products and services that provide solutions and information to practicing veterinarians around the world. IDEXX products enhance veterinarians’ ability to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency, and create more efficient and cost-effective practices. IDEXX is also a world leader in providing diagnostic testing and information for livestock and poultry and testing for the quality and safety of water and milk and point-of-care and laboratory diagnostics for human medicine. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX employs more than 10,000 people and provides products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information about IDEXX, visit: www.idexx.com.

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