Are there too many companion-animal veterinarians? Are there too few veterinarians working in public health, research and academia? What exactly is the state of the veterinary workforce?
The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) set out to answer these and other questions by conducting a study of the U.S. veterinary medical profession. The recently released findings highlight the changing role of veterinary medicine and reinforce many of the efforts already under way by groups like the AVMA to tackle some of the critical issues facing the veterinary profession.
Immediately after it was released on May 30, the JAVMA news staff published a story on the study’s findings, and the association also issued a statement. We will incorporate the report’s findings into many of our ongoing strategic discussions and activities that focus on the current and future state of veterinary medicine, veterinary education and veterinary economics. We are also embarking on a national workforce study of our own that will complement the NRC’s effort by further helping us assess the current and future supply and demand of U.S. veterinarians and veterinary services. We’ll keep you posted on the study’s progress.