U.S. Veterinarians 2017

Total = 110,531

Male = 43,662
Female = 66,731
Unknown = 138

U.S. Veterinary Positions (among employed veterinarians)
Definitions of categories below

Private clinical practice

 
Total as of
December 31, 20171,2
Percent of Total
Male
%
Female
%
Food animal exclusive 1,255 1.8% 77.6% 22.4%
Food animal predominant 3,223 4.5% 75.8% 24.2%
Mixed animal 4,220 5.9% 57.6% 42.4%
Companion animal predominant 6,368 8.9% 50.6% 49.4%
Companion animal exclusive 47,545 66.6% 37.0% 63.0%
Equine 4,043 5.7% 47.0% 53.0%
Other 293 0.4% 35.5% 64.5%
Species Unspecified 4,446 6.2% 22.8% 77.2%
Total Private Practice
71,393
100%
41.6%
58.4%

Public & corporate employment

 
Total as of
December 31, 20171,2
Percent of Total
Male
%
Female
%
College or university 6,878 40.9% 42.0% 58.0%
Federal government 1,858 11.0% 52.8% 47.2%
State or local government 1,109 6.6% 47.2% 52.8%
Uniformed services 761 4.5% 48.2% 51.6%
Industry 3,526 21.0% 54.1% 45.9%
Other Public & Corporate 2,689 16.0% 30.9% 69.1%
Total Public & Corporate
16,821
100%
44.3%
55.7%
Employment Unknown
27,504
Not Listed Above
2,017
Total # of Positions held by
U.S. Veterinarians
117,735

1 Includes active AVMA members (Regular, Recent Graduates, and Educational) and Non-members (Excludes non-members born prior to 1947 and non-members who received their veterinary degree prior to 1973)
2Veterinarians may hold more than one position.
Updated 1/18.

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.

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