Food Supply Veterinary Medicine - Data sources and terminology

Data Sources:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
    • Used information from the AVMA database to acquire the number of Food Animal Veterinarians as of December 31, 2008.

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  • United States Department of Agriculture – National Agriculture Statistics Service


  • Total Food Animal Veterinarians
    • The total food animal veterinarians reported consist of all active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1938 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1964) and who have a species category of food animal exclusive, predominant or mixed*.
      • *Mixed Animal counted in the food animal veterinarian category consisted of all those who had 30% or more involvement with one or more of the following species: Bovine, Porcine, Ovine/Camelid, Cervid, Poultry
  • Total Food Animals
    • Three categories from the USDA census were used for each state and combined to make up the total food animals reported. The categories are: Cattle and Calves, Hogs & Pigs and Sheep & Lambs
  • The column within the table listed as "Counties with 0 Veterinarians" has three labels
    • x: Counties with 0 Veterinarians where there are less than 5,000 food animals
    • y: Counties with 0 Veterinarians where there are between 5,000 and 25,000 food animals
    • z: Counties with 0 Veterinarians where there are more than 25,000 food animals