Farm veterinarians are absent in at least 1,300 counties in the U.S., according to the AVMA, and experts say that number will continue to increase as many graduates find small-animal practice more attractive. "The demand and need for services is critical," said Gina Luke, assistant director in the government relations division of the AVMA. To help solve the problem in California, one university offers an admissions advantage to those interested in farm-animal practice, while some legislators are pushing bills to recruit farm-animal veterinarians.

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