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American Sheep Industry study: Large animal vets in decline

A new study confirms what’s well-known in rural America: the number of large-animal veterinarians is shrinking, while the number of small-animal vets is growing rapidly. The study, cited by the American Sheep Industry Association, found that from 1998-2009, the number of small-animal vets, jumped to 47,118, from 30,255. During the same period, their large-animal counterparts dropped to 5,040 from 5,553.

The trend is expected to continue. The study found that only two percent of vet students in the 2010 graduating class said they planned working mostly with large animals. Another seven percent planned on working with all types of animals, but the majority of responders leaned toward practicing pet care. Money is no doubt a factor – the American Veterinary Medical Association found that large-animal vets earn an average of $57,745 annually, compared with $64,744 for small-animal vets.

A new study confirms what’s well-known in rural America: the number of large-animal veterinarians is shrinking, while the number of small-animal vets is growing rapidly. The study, cited by the American Sheep Industry Association, found that from 1998-2009, the number of small-animal vets, jumped to 47,118, from 30,255. During the same period, their large-animal counterparts dropped to 5,040 from 5,553.

The trend is expected to continue. The study found that only two percent of vet students in the 2010 graduating class said they planned working mostly with large animals. Another seven percent planned on working with all types of animals, but the majority of responders leaned toward practicing pet care. Money is no doubt a factor – the American Veterinary Medical Association found that large-animal vets earn an average of $57,745 annually, compared with $64,744 for small-animal vets.

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