High school students get a first-hand look at becoming a veterinarian

NEW YORK –  A group of 30 high school students who aspire to be veterinarians will get an insider’s perspective on the exciting opportunities within the veterinary profession over the next few weeks.

The Veterinary Medical Association of New York City (VMA of NYC) is holding a series of four classes for students on Thursdays in October and November. Called the Veterinary Career Exploration Program, all of the classes are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital, 410 W. 55th Street in Manhattan.

The speakers will explore different aspects of veterinary medicine and share their personal stories about their career path. They include:

  • 27: Dr. John Sykes IV, Senior Veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo; and Dr. Deirdre Chiaramonte, owner of NYC Mobile Vet
  • 3: Dr. Tara Bellis, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Specialist at BluePearl; and Dr. Django Martel, Veterinary Dentist at Animal Medical Center of New York
  • 10: Dr. Elizabeth Goudie, Anesthesiology at BluePearl; and Dr. Phillippa Pavia, Surgeon at BluePearl
  • 17: Rosemary Calderon, Veterinary Technician – Oncology at BluePearl; Dr. Mark Gibson, owner of Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital

“This is our way to give back to the high school students of New York City who have the same passion for the profession that we do,” said Dr. David Wohlstadter-Rocha, a Senior Clinician at BluePearl and board member at large of the VMA of NYC. “It’s also an opportunity for them to learn about all of the different career paths you can follow with a veterinary degree.”

All New York City high school students are eligible for the class. There is a $10 registration fee. To learn more or to register, please click here.

Members of the media interested in being present for the classes are encouraged to contact Carrie O’Brion, BluePearl Communications Manager, at 727.698.2611 or