A Census of Veterinarians in the United States

The July 15 issue of the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association* featured an in-depth analysis of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) electronic membership database, presenting information on 113,394 veterinarians living in the United States in 2018. In addition to demographic and employment-related information, the article briefly discussed the implications of the rapid increase in educational debt new veterinarians face upon graduation. “High educational debt combined with low starting salaries can put high levels of stress on veterinarians,” said Dr. Matthew Salois, Chief Economist of AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division. The AVMA works closely with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives to lead the Veterinary Debt Initiative.

*Access requires AVMA or SAVMA membership