Market Research Statistics: U.S. Veterinarians 2016

 
Total ​107,995 43,996 63,857 142



 
 
U.S. Veterinary Positions (among employed veterinarians)
Definitions of categories below
 
  Total as of
December 31, 20161,2
Percent of Total​ Male
%
Femal​e
%

Private Clinical P​ractice

       
Food animal exclusive 1,243 1.8% 78.6% 21.4%
Food animal predominant 3,311 4.9% 77.2% 22.8%
Mixed animal 4,158 6.1% 59.5% 40.5%
Companion animal predominant 6,121 9.0% 53.0% 47.0%
Companion animal exclusive ​​44,667 65.5% 38.8% 61.2%
Equine 3,920 5.7% 50.6% 49.4%
Other 274 0.4% 38.0% 62.0%
Species Unspecified 4,519 6.6% 22.4% 77.5%
Total Private Practice 68,213​ 100% 43.4% 56.6%
 

Public & Corporate Employment

       
College or university 6,702 41.5% 43.3% 56.7%
Federal government 1,846 11.4% 54.7% 45.3%
State or local government 1,051 6.5% 49.8% 50.2%
Uniformed services 773 4.8% 48.5% 51.5%
Industry 3,354 20.8% 56.0% 44.0%
Other Public & Corporate 2,420 15.0% 33.6% 66.4%
Total Public & Corporate 16,146 100% 46.2% ​53.8%
Employment Unknown 28,140      
Not Listed Above 1,763      
Total # of Positions held by
U.S. Veterinarians
114,262      
 

1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1946 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1972)
2Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
Updated 1/17.

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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.
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