The Incredible Vanishing Rural Veterinarian

( Wyatt Bechtel )

With the average veterinary student leaving vet school with a lovely parting gift of nearly $144,000 in student debt, we asked BovineVetOnline readers if they’d recommend a career as a large animal veterinarian. About 44% said “Nope.”  

In a recent survey, readers cited low pay as the hardest part of their job, with student debt and long hours in a tie for second. 

This got us wondering, who’s responsible for the shortage of large-animal veterinarians. Cast your vote on the BovineVetOnline poll here:

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Got more to say? We’d love your thoughts on what should be done to increase the number of large animal veterinarians to serve in rural areas. Tell us what you think! Share your ideas to improve the outlook for large animal veterinarians here

Also read, "AVMA Calls for More Action on Veterinary Shortages." 

Submitted by Vernon Durie VMD on Wed, 12/19/2018 - 08:10

Government loan guarantees, the push to specialize at Vet schools, the incredible change in commercial food animal production are all important factors to drive the local farm vet into extinction