Market research statistics - U.S. veterinarians - 2010

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  Total (No.)1 Male Female    
Total 90,201 43,209 46,992
 
 

U.S. veterinary positions (Among Employed Veterinarians)

Definitions of categories below
 
  Total as of December 31, 20101,2 Percent of Total Male Female 2009 Earnings Median Professional Income Before Taxes3
  No.   % % $

Private Clinical Practice

         
Food animal exclusive 1109 1.8% 82.2% 17.8% 103,000
Food animal predominant 3890 6.3% 81.0% 19.0% 91,000
Mixed animal 4326 7.0% 63.5% 36.5% 85,000
Companion animal predominant 5966 9.7% 59.3% 40.7% 91,000
Companion animal exclusive 41381 67.3% 44.2% 55.8% 97,000
Equine 3743 6.1% 54.1% 45.9% 85,000
Other 1087 1.8% 36.2% 63.8% 79,000
Total Private Practice 61502 100% 50.2% 49.8% 97,000
 

Public & Corporate Employment

         
College or university 6425 42.0% 50.1% 49.9% 103,000
Federal government 1780 11.6% 63.8% 36.2% 103,000
State or local government 1099 7.2% 58.7% 41.3% 106,000
Uniformed services 713 4.7% 53.0% 47.0% 85,000
Industry 3218 21.0% 61.6% 38.4% 148,000
Other Public & Corporate 2066 13.5% 39.2% 60.8% 103,000
Total Public & Corporate 15301 100% 53.4% 46.6% 109,000
Employment Unknown 16760        
Not Listed Above 1867        
Total # of Positions held by
U.S. Veterinarians
95430        
 

1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1940 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1966)
2Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
3 Data referenced from the AVMA Report on Veterinary Compensation, 2011 Edition

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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.