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1 Introduction
Pages 22-27

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From page 22...
... ; for the efficient and safe use of animals for food and other products; for the care and use of animals as research models and agents for improving human health; for understanding animals as sentinels of disease and toxic threats and as signals of ecological change; for wildlife conservation; and for supporting the lives and welfare of animals in captive environments. In the United States, the veterinary medical profession comprises a small workforce (around 92,000 professionals, about one-tenth the size of the human medical profession)
From page 23...
... However, a changing environment for veterinary medicine has disturbed that balance, raising concerns inside and outside of the profession that the workforce might be insufficient to address all of what is being asked of it, placing at risk not only society's priorities for caring and using animals, but also animal and human health, lives, and livelihoods. Some of those changes have altered the demand for traditional veterinary services, particularly in relation to the production and care of food animals both in the United States, where consolidation has resulted in fewer but larger, intensive animal-production units, and globally, where food-animal production in developing countries has sharply expanded to accommodate growing urban populations who want more meat and milk in their diets.
From page 24...
... Those clinics employ many veterinarians as associates, but veterinary associates make less money than private practice owners. In addition, as additional veterinary schools outside the United States have come on-line, the pool of companion-animal veterinarians in the United States is growing.
From page 25...
... of Veterinarians Employed in the United States Employment Category 2010 Number 2009 Median Earnings Food-animal-exclusive practice 1,109 $103,000 Food-animal-predominant practice 3,890 $91,000 Mixed-animal practice 4,326 $85,000 Companion-animal-predominant practice 5,966 $91,000 Companion-animal-exclusive practice 41,381 $97,000 Equine practice 3,743 $85,000 Other private practice 1,087 $79,000 College or university 6,425 $103,000 Federal government 1,780 $103,000 State or local government 1,099 $106,000 Uniformed services 713 $85,000 Industry 3,218 $148,000 Other public and corporate 2,066 $103,000 Other, unknown 16,766 NA NOTE: Total is greater than 90,201 because veterinarians may hold more than one position.
From page 26...
... Appendix E provides a list of recruitment tools available to agencies of the federal government for attracting veterinary talent. Chapter 7 examines the role of veterinarians in wildlife and ecosystem health, where many important scientific and veterinary challenges are now emerging, and Appendix F contains a list of short courses available to prepare students for careers in these fields.
From page 27...
... Because the pace of change is unlikely to abate, the committee urges the veterinary profession to review its place in society and analyze its future directions more regularly and with a greater sense of urgency. This report provides additional evidence of the need for essential and more rapid adjustments in support of a profession that is presently critical to the social wellbeing of the American people and will almost certainly become more important as the 21st century unfolds.

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