Veterinarians pursue passion despite economic forces

08/26/2013 | National Public Radio

A report released earlier this year by the AVMA found that the supply of veterinarians exceeds demand for their expertise. Market forces have reduced demand for veterinary care as some consumers go without pets while others rein in spending. However, Auburn University interim associate dean and veterinarian Dan Givens said veterinarians pursue their careers in animal health because they see the work as more of a calling than a job. Dr. Givens argues the abundance of expertise positions the U.S. well for a quick public health response as new diseases emerge. The AVMA report estimates the imbalance will persist through 2025.

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