Veterinarian Shortage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fewer and fewer veterinarians are choosing to work with larger animals, a trend that's leaving some farmers in dire straits.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 22 percent of its more than 71-thousand-member vets treat large farm animals at least part-time. That's down from more than 45 percent in 1986.

And a survey done by the group says only about a-quarter of those about to graduate from veterinary school are interested in working with the large animals.

A lobbyist for the group calls the trend "alarming."

Meantime, a federal loan forgiveness program for newer veterinarians and students willing to work in underserved places remains unfunded.

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