Market research statistics - U.S. veterinarians - 2008

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  Total (No.)1 Male Female    
Total 85,977 43,287 42,690
 
 

U.S. veterinary positions

Definitions of categories below
 
  Total as of December 31, 20081,2 Percent of Total Male Female 2007 Earnings Median Professional Income Before Taxes3
  No.   % % $

Private Clinical Practice

         
Food animal exclusive 1082 1.8% 83.3% 16.71% 109,000
Food animal predominant 3992 6.7% 82.0% 18.0% 91000
Mixed animal 4346 7.3% 64.3% 35.7% 91000
Companion animal predominant 5896 9.9% 61.1% 38.9% 97000
Companion animal exclusive 40162 67.3% 45.7% 54.3% 91000
Equine 3637 6.1% 55.2% 44.8% 91000
Other 596 1.0% 39.1% 60.9% 91000
Total Private Practice 59711 100% 52.2% 47.8% 91000
 

Public & Corporate Employment

         
College or university 6257 42.0% 51.8% 48.2% 103000
Federal government 1760 11.8% 66.3% 33.8% 97000
State or local government 1097 7.4% 61.5% 38.5% 94000
Uniformed services 645 4.3% 56.0% 44.0% 79000
Industry 3197 21.5% 63.0% 37.0% 148000
Other Public & Corporate 1932 13.0% 41.6% 58.4% 97000
Total Public & Corporate 14888 100% 55.5% 44.5% 103000
Employment Unknown 14136        
Not Listed Above 1909        
Total # of Positions held by
U.S. Veterinarians
90644        
 

1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1938 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1964)
2Veterinarians may hold multiple positions.
3 Data referenced from the AVMA Report on Veterinary Compensation, 2009 Edition

Updated 1/09

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 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.