Shortage of Rural Veterinarians: Real or Perceived?

TitleShortage of Rural Veterinarians: Real or Perceived?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsVillarroel A, McDonald SR, Walker WL, Kaiser L, Dewell RD, Dewell GA
JournalOnline Journal of Rural Research & Policy
Date Published10/2010
KeywordsRural Veterinary Practice ; Veterinary Workforce ; Rural Lifestyle ; Veterinary Mentorship

Concerns about lack of available jobs in rural veterinary practice (RVP) and ironically difficulties attracting new veterinarians are commonly expressed within the veterinary community. Reports on supply and demand for rural veterinarians have produced conflicting results. A 1990's economic study forecasted a 3.0% increase in available veterinarians in large animal private practice and a 1.7% decrease in demand from 1997 to 2015. However, a later study forecasted a shortage of food supply veterinary medicine (FSVM) veterinarians from 2004 to 2016 ranging from 0.1% (poultry veterinarians) to 6.9% (federal animal health), with mixed food animal practice at 6.6%.