The veterinary field is experiencing a severe shortage of staff and the effects are being felt everywhere. The COVID-19 pandemic that started in March 2020 ushered in a boom of first-time pet ownership. As people across the world were locked down to attempt to stop the spread of the virus, people turned to pets for companionship. Over the last two years, over 20 million pets were adopted and as of close to a year ago, 90% were still in their adoptive homes:
According to a study by the ASPCA in late May 2021 “23 million American households acquired a pet during the COVID-19 crisis and most will not consider rehoming their pet.”
But the rate of veterinarians that are graduating from veterinary schools across the United States is not keeping up with the number of veterinarians who are retiring. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) the veterinary profession will fall short by 15,000 veterinarians by 2030 – less than 10 years from now.
James Lloyd, DVM, PhD, a senior consultant at Animal Health Economics and the former dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and contributor to a study conducted by Mars Veterinary Health titled Tackling the Veterinary Professional Shortage, has a few ideas including:
Original Story Source: Fox News, Today’s Veterinarian Shortage: How it Could Affect Your Dog or Cat
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