Market research statistics: U.S. veterinarians 2018

  Total (No.)1 Male Female Unknown
Total 113,394 43,345 69,908 141
 
 
U.S. Veterinary Positions (among employed veterinarians)
Definitions of categories below
 
  Total as of
December 31, 20181,2
Percent of Total Male
%
Female
%

Private Clinical Practice

Food animal exclusive 1,286 1.8% 77.1% 22.9%
Food animal predominant 3,105 8.7% 74.3% 25.7%
Mixed animal 4,182 5.7% 56.0% 44.0%
Companion animal predominant 6,372 8.7% 49.0% 51.0%
Companion animal exclusive 48,898 66.6% 35.9% 64.0%
Equine 4,125 5.6% 45.8% 54.2%
Other 309 0.4% 35.3% 64.7%
Species Unspecified 5,096 6.9% 21.8% 78.1%
Total Private Practice 73,373 100% 40.1% 59.9%
 

Public & Corporate Employment

College or university 6,889 40.8% 41.2% 58.8%
Federal government 1,869 11.1% 51.0% 49.0%
State or local government 1,122 6.6% 45.3% 54.7%
Uniformed services 760 4.5% 48.2% 51.7%
Industry 3,555 21.0% 53.1% 46.9%
Other Public & Corporate 2,702 16.0% 30.1% 69.9%
Total Public & Corporate 16,897 100% 43.3% 56.7%
Employment Unknown 28,375      
Not Listed Above 2,007
Total # of Positions held by
U.S. Veterinarians
120,652
 

1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1948 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1974)
2 Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
Updated 1/19.

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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.