U.S. veterinarian numbers 2021

These statistics show U.S. veterinary positions as of December 31, 2021.

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Total = 121,4611

Female = 79,045
Male = 42,167
Nonbinary = 23
Prefer not to answer = 29
No information = 197

U.S. veterinary positions (among employed veterinarians)
Definitions of categories below

U.S. veterinarian stats 2021

Companion animal: Primarily delivers care to animals owned for companionship, including exotics
Equine: Primarily delivers care to equids
Food animal: Primarily delivers care to animals raised for food or fiber
Mixed animal: Delivers care across a variety of animal types, including companion, food/fiber and equids on a consistent basis
Laboratory animal: Primarily delivers care to animals used in research and education
Captive wildlife/wildlife
No species contact

Total number of U.S. veterinarians: 121,461
No information provided: 33,872

1Includes active AVMA members (regular, recent graduates, and educational) and nonmembers (excludes nonmembers born prior to 1951 and nonmembers who received their veterinary degree prior to 1977).

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