Market Research Statistics: U.S. Veterinarians 2015

 
Total ​105,358 44,204 60,988 166



 
 
U.S. Veterinary Positions (among employed veterinarians)
Definitions of categories below
 
  Total as of
December 31, 20151,2
Percent of Total​ Male Femal​e
  No.   % %

Private Clinical P​ractice

       
Food animal exclusive 1,233 1.8% 80.0% 20.0%
Food animal predominant 3,371 5.0% 78.0% 22.0%
Mixed animal 4,177 6.3% 60.5% 39.5%
Companion animal predominant 6,080 9.1% 54.5% 45.5%
Companion animal exclusive ​​43,851 65.7% 39.9% 60.1%
Equine 3,874 5.8% 49.9% 50.1%
Other 266 0.4% 39.5% 60.5%
Species Unspecified 3,907 5.9% 22.8% 77.2%
Total Private Practice 66,759​ 100% 44.8% 55.2%
 

Public & Corporate Employment

       
College or university 6,596 41.6% 44.8% 55.2%
Federal government 1,808 11.45% 56.7% 43.3%
State or local government 1,054 6.6% 52.0% 48.0%
Uniformed services 772 4.9% 48.8% 51.2%
Industry 3,324 21.0% 56.9% 43.1%
Other Public & Corporate 2,300 14.5% 34.7% 65.3%
Total Public & Corporate 15,854 100% 47.8% ​52.2%
Employment Unknown 27,015      
Not Listed Above 1,778      
Total # of Positions held by
U.S. Veterinarians
111,406      
 

1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1944 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1970)
2Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
3 Data referenced from the AVMA Report on Veterinary Compensation, 2015 Edition

Updated 3/16.


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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.