February 8, 2023
This Black History Month, we had the opportunity to sit down with Shae Kenneybrew, Hospital Manager at Holt Veterinary Clinic. As a hospital manager, she runs the day-to-day operations of the practice.
What is your job title?
Where are you located?
Holt Veterinary Clinic in Dallas, Texas
When did you join SVP?
My clinic joined the SVP family in 2021; however, I have been in the vet industry for 15 years, with the past 14 years being at Holt Veterinary Clinic.
How did you get to where you are now?
I believe that when you take on a job, it is your duty to learn as much as you can and make yourself an asset to the company. If you bring nothing, there is no need for you. I've always been a self-starter, and if something needs to be done I jump right in no questions asked. That work ethic is how I got to where I am now. I am a Certified Veterinary Assistant, turned receptionist, turned front office manager, turned hospital manager. I'm not sure what's next, but I know this isn't my last turn.
How has SVP been instrumental in your development?
SVP is the reason I am a hospital manager. That is not a position that my clinic previously had. So if you look at WAG values, it’s a great example of GROWTH! However, I do not feel like I'm in a position where I have gone as high as I can anymore.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by the fact that we can make a difference in how clients and patients view their experience at the vet. We do this knowing they will not find a place more caring and efficient than Holt.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It is the one month out of the year that showcases the accomplishments Blacks have contributed to the world. I always learn something I didn't know.
What is your advice to other individuals who are looking to join the veterinary industry?
All it takes is one person believing in you. That person has to be you, believing in yourself. Confidence in your abilities shows in your personality. That in itself can get you very far in life.
What changes have you seen within the veterinary industry regarding access to job opportunities for people of color?
From my experience, it's not necessarily the job opportunities, but more so the awareness of the different paths you can take if choosing this industry as a career. I have also seen opportunities for more people of color to attend college producing more DVMs.
What impact are you hoping to leave in this industry?
I hope to leave some type of contribution that continues long after I have left. I'm still working on what that is going to be other than you don't have to be a veterinarian to be impactful. Whatever it is, it will be WORK that AMAZES.