NRC report addresses veterinary workforce needs

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A committee of the National Research Council (NRC) has released a book titled “Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine.”

The U.S. veterinary medical profession contributes to society in diverse ways, from developing drugs and protecting the food supply to treating companion animals and investigating animal diseases in the wild. In a study of the issues related to the veterinary medical workforce, including demographics, workforce supply, trends affecting job availability, and capacity of the educational system to fill future demands, a NRC committee found that the profession faces important challenges in maintaining the economic sustainability of veterinary practice and education, building its scholarly foundations, and evolving veterinary service to meet changing societal needs.

Many concerns about the profession came into focus following the outbreak of West Nile fever in 1999, and the subsequent outbreaks of SARS, monkeypox, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, highly pathogenic avian influenza, H1N1 influenza, and a variety of food safety and environmental issues heightened public concerns. They also raised further questions about the directions of veterinary medicine and the capacity of public health service the profession provides both in the United States and abroad.

To address some of the problems facing the veterinary profession, greater public and private support for education and research in veterinary medicine is needed. The public, policymakers, and even medical professionals are frequently unaware of how veterinary medicine fundamentally supports both animal and human health and well-being. This report seeks to broaden the public's understanding and attempts to anticipate some of the needs and measures that are essential for the profession to fulfill given its changing roles in the 21st century.

The book, “Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine,” is available in print for $60 or as a free download.

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Buffalo, N.Y.  |  November, 02, 2013 at 09:20 AM

We need veterinarian's who have taken some business courses. They have no clue as how to operate a business and relate to customers. Most in are area think their time is the only time that is valuable. We have made appointments with different vet's for specific times and they have no problem showing up 2 to 3 hours late and one time not at all and they don't even bother to call to let you know they are running late or are not going to be able to make it. We had one come to due routine work, shot and such and she started to perform physical on all animals, we told her we didn't want or need that service. When we got our bill that charge was included on all animals even though after the first one we said we didn't want that done. Most vet's are unprofessional when it come to running a business and dealing with their customers. And I say customers, not clients because we are the customers and we pay the bill and they had better start learning that someplace.