U.S. veterinarians 2015
These statistics show U.S. veterinary positions as of December 31, 2015.
|U.S. veterinary positions (among employed veterinarians)|
Total as of
December 31, 20151,2
|Percent of total||Male
Private clinical practice
|Food animal exclusive||1,233||1.8%||80.0%||20.0%|
|Food animal predominant||3,371||5.0%||78.0%||22.0%|
|Companion animal predominant||6,080||9.1%||54.5%||45.5%|
|Companion animal exclusive||43,851||65.7%||39.9%||60.1%|
|Total private practice||66,759||100%||44.8%||55.2%|
Public & corporate employment
|College or university||6,596||41.6%||44.8%||55.2%|
|State or local government||1,054||6.6%||52.0%||48.0%|
|Other public & corporate||2,300||14.5%||34.7%||65.3%|
|Total public & corporate||15,854||100%||47.8%||52.2%|
|Not listed above||1,778|
|Total # of positions held by
1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1945 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1971)
2Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
The species categories listed under private clinical practice can be defined by the following calculations.
- 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.