Meet the Veterinary Doctor Duo Creating Representation Through Nat Geo’s ‘Critter Fixers: Country Vets’

Meet the Veterinary Doctor Duo Creating Representation Through Nat Geo’s ‘Critter Fixers: Country Vets’

July 15, 2022 0

What does beauty look like for these doctors? Enter Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Terrance Ferguson. Two doctors creating a new impact with their latest show on National Geographic called “Critter Fixers: Country Vets’. As friends for three decades,These doctors will show us how their passion for animals propelled them into a career as a veterinarian as well as influencing the next generation of black men to experience this industry.

“It started in a mop closet,” Dr. Hodges explained during a panel at the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture. “Terrence and I were talking. I was like “Man we keep getting kids who want to emulate us” and I responded:

‘Let’s make it happen, lets just have a bunch of kids here at the same time and create this program”

Dr. Vernard Hodges

So they did. They obtained kids from four different states and began showcasing their “Vet For a Day” Program nationwide, achieving 200 attendees. Both doctors mentioned by the end of the year, with the kids that are enrolled, we should be seeing close to 600.

From successfully giving birth to puppies to working with poisonous African bush snakes, every single day is a different adventure for these vets. Located at the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital located in Bonaire, Georgia, Dr. Ferguson is astonished by the evolution of pets they’ve witnessed in each families home over the years. Families are obtaining far more than cats and dogs.

“I would say when Dr. Hodges and I first began about 15 years ago, it was traditional – dogs, cats, horses and cows. But in the last five to seven years, I think everybody is trying to one-up each other, but at the end of the day we have to treat them all” (Dr. Terrance chuckles)

Dr. Terrance Ferguson

Dr. Hodge dives into detail, stating there cannot be a particular focus on a species of animal for those interested in the veterinary space.

Typically people think about veterinarians as treating only dogs and cats, maybe do some vaccines, but i’ve delivered puppies before my lunch break.’ (Dr. Hodges laughs)

Dr. Vernard Hodge

He proceeds to mention his past history as a obstetrician, doing ophthalmology with the eyes, orthopedics with bone surgery, internal medicine and event ultrasounds and radiology. Involving himself in these various specialities helps his knowledge with understanding the inside of the animal.

Today, they want to encourage as many black men to become vets, and hope to be the representation they wish they would’ve had at an early age.

“That’s what the beauty of this has looked like for me”

Critter Fixers: Country Vets airs on Nat Geo and is now available on Disney+

If you are interested in the “Vet for a Day” program, visit here

BMI Staff
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