Story Ideas - Veterinary Workforce Shortage

America's shortage of food supply veterinarians has become a crisis, and it's expected to get worse. This shortage leaves some agricultural areas of the country without a local veterinarian to treat local livestock populations, which puts America's food safety in danger. Studies have shown that the current shortage of food supply veterinarians will grow by two to four percent every year. In response, federal and state legislatures have created programs to repay the school loans of veterinarians who agree to work in rural areas in food supply veterinary medicine and also public health veterinary medicine, where there is also a shortage of veterinarians. But the solutions to the problem are slow in coming and often lack the funding they need to reverse the growing the shortage.

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Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO
Dr. James Cook, president of the AVMA

Contact: Tom McPheron, (847) 285-6781

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