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To Foster the Success of the Veterinary Profession

Why Are Wait Times Longer in Veterinary Hospitals?

VCA Animal Hospitals has offered a document which has been created to share with clients to provide more information about veterinary healthcare, mental health and pet ownership. Highlights are given below

For the full document, click here

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More Exams Needed

Pet Ownership is at an All-Time High

  • 30% of Americans adopted a pet during the Pandemic

  • 70% of all US households (90.5 million families) now own at least one pet

  • This constitutes 388,000 additional households since 2019


Mental Health

Burnout is on the Rise

  • Veterinarians are listed as having one of the highest suicide rates

  • 1 in 6 DVM's have contemplated suicide

  • Pre-pandemic, 50% of veterinary technicians left the field after 5 years due to the toll of the job. This number is higher now

  • 50% of veterinary receptionists have left the field since the start of the pandemic

  • Burnout scores for all veterinary staff were 9.4% higher in 2021 than 2020

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Fewer Veterinarians

There is a National Shortage of Veterinarians

  • 10,000 baby boomers retire daily: 1 in 3 US veterinarians is a boomer

  • 32 US-accredited veterinary schools graduate just 3,200-3,700 new DVMs per year

  • Each current DVM serves anywhere from 1,000 - 3,000 households

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