Too Many Veterinarians, Not Enough Pets, Makes For Tough Job Prospects

Getting a higher education in the health field is still a smart idea. But after reading today’s New York Times article on the trouble newly minted veterinarians have getting jobs, you might want to rethink about vet medicine as your field.

The story by David Segal boils down to supply and demand: there are less pets, less money to spend on pet health and the number of veterinarians just keeps growing. Veterinary college prices are rising quickly, leaving many graduates with hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.

“Class sizes have been rising at nearly every school, in some cases by as much as 20 percent in recent years. And the cost of vet school has far outpaced the rate of inflation. It has risen to a median of $63,000 a year for out-of-state tuition, fees and living expenses, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, up 35 percent in the last decade,” says the article.

“This would seem less alarming if vets made more money. But starting salaries have sunk by about 13 percent during the same 10-year period, in inflation-adjusted terms, to $45,575 a year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. America may be pet-crazed and filled with people eager to buy expensive fetch toys and heated cat beds. But the total population of pets is going down, along with the sums that owners are willing to spend on the health care of their animals, one of the lesser-known casualties of the recession.”


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1 Comment on "Too Many Veterinarians, Not Enough Pets, Makes For Tough Job Prospects"

  1. Iris Sanchez | August 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

    I have a yorkie terrier that was born with a hip problem the operation was too expensive and I could not afford to pay for it. I’ve had my “Gigi” for 10 years, she has most of her shots.I take very good care of her the best way I can. It’s so sad that many people do not take their pets to vets due to not being able to afford to pay the high prices that vets charge. Right now I personally know at least ten pet owners where I live that have never taken their pets to see a vet. By the way I live in Senior Housing.Just for the record my two granddaughters ages 21 and 29 have three dogs between them, my brother has two dogs and my sister has a male dog that masturbates itself. Have I made my point in reference to “too many vets and not enough pets.

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