Shortage Of Veterinarians Apparent During Pandemic

Vet care is one of the only industries to see a significant increase in business during the pandemic. As people were stuck at home and spending more time with their animals, they became more aware of abnormalities and minor symptoms—some of which would require medical intervention. This increase in necessary care has made many animal clinics across the country in need of employees.

Veterinarians and veterinary clinics were considered essential business during the pandemic, but were prevented from doing elective procedures. Now that elective surgeries and preventative care have been added back into the roster of services, vet’s schedules are becoming more packed.

Additionally, more households than ever have pets and many have more than one pet, compounding the need for skilled vet clinic staff. More people are also willing to do preventative care for their pets than ever before, as well. Pets, like people, are living longer, with more care needed as they age.

Veterinary jobs are expected to grow by 15,600 between 2018 and 2028, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association expects nearly 20 percent of veterinarians to retire in the next 10 years, intensifying the need for more vets.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel. 

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