June 01, 2013

Approximately 12.5 percent of veterinary services in the United States went unused last year, according to the AVMA’s 2013 U.S. Veterinary Workforce Study. The economic analysis goes on to project the nation’s veterinary services capacity is likely to be underutilized by 11 to 14 percent through 2025, or the equivalent of an underemployment of as many as 12,300 veterinarians annually.

AVMA

Dr. Rachel Cumberbatch has been a veterinarian for two years, working as an associate at a Connecticut practice, and she is not sure yet where her career will take her. In recent months, however, she has found a mentor in Dr. Eva Ceranowicz, an associate at another Connecticut practice. What brought the two together was the Compass Mentoring Program, a new initiative from the AVMA.

Issues

The American Horse Council and American Association of Equine Practitioners, along with state and federal health officials, are preparing a National Equine Health Plan that will outline the issues surrounding the prevention, diagnosis, and control of equine diseases. Envisioned as part of the plan is an industry-sponsored Equine Disease Communication Center to help coordinate and disseminate accurate information about the diseases.

Practice

Veterinarians will feel the impact as individuals and as practice owners when provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will transform the landscape of health insurance take effect next year. Many of the details of implementation are still up in the air. Yet, veterinarians can begin educating themselves now about the basics and looking to advisers for assistance, according to experts on health insurance in the veterinary community.

Community

Seventy-five pieces of art depicting animals were on display March 23-April 21 during the 26th International Exhibition on Animals in Art at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.