Market Research Statistics - U.S. Veterinarians - 2012

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Total 97,111 44,196 52,506
 
 
U.S. veterinary positions (Among Employed Veterinarians)
Definitions of categories below
 
  Total as of December 31, 20121,2 Percent of Total Male Female 2011 Earnings Median Professional Income Before Taxes3
  No.   % % $

Private Clinical Practice

         
Food animal exclusive 1164 1.8% 80.9% 19.1% 100,000
Food animal predominant 3697 5.7% 80.3% 19.7% 100,000
Mixed animal 4284 6.6% 62.5% 37.5% 88,000
Companion animal predominant 6108 9.5% 57.1% 42.9% 100,000
Companion animal exclusive 42695 66.2% 42.3% 57.7% 100,000
Equine 3821 6.0% 52.1% 47.9% 88,000
Other 717 1.1% 33.8% 66.2% 88,000
Species Unspecified 2003 3.1% 24.9% 75.1%  
Total Private Practice 64489 100% 47.9% 52.1% 100,000
 

Public & Corporate Employment

         
College or university 6563 41.8% 47.5% 52.5% 112,000
Federal government 1823 11.6% 60.9% 39.1% 112,000
State or local government 1064 6.8% 56.7% 43.3% 88,000
Uniformed services 766 4.9% 50.8% 49.2% 112,000
Industry 3282 20.9% 59.9% 40.1% 160,000
Other Public & Corporate 2187 13.9% 37.1% 62.9% 124,000
Total Public & Corporate 15685 100% 50.8% 49.2% 124,000
Employment Unknown 20748        
Not Listed Above 1822        
Total # of Positions held by U.S. Veterinarians 102744        
 
1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1942 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1968)
2Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
3 Data referenced from the AVMA Report on Veterinary Compensation, 2013 Edition
 

 

The species categories listed under Private Clinical Practice can be defined by the following calculations.
Species categories
  • Food animal exclusive: Sum of (Bovine, Porcine, Ovine/Caprine, Camelid, Cervid and Poultry) is at least 90% of the contact.
  • Food animal predominant: Sum of (Bovine, Porcine, Ovine/Caprine, Camelid, Cervid and Poultry) is at least 50% of the contact.
  • Mixed animal: Varied species with at least 25% from companion animal and 25% from either food animal or equine.
  • Companion animal predominant: Sum of (Canine, Feline, Avian (non-poultry) and Exotics) is at least 50% of the contact.
  • Companion animal exclusive: Sum of (Canine, Feline, Avian (non-poultry) and Exotics) is at least 90% of the contact.
  • Equine: Combination of equine predominant and exclusive where there's at least 50% contact with equines.