By Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, Roll Call
A perfect storm is approaching, and without Congressional action, the consequences for public health may be dire.
With 50 percent of U.S. Public Health Service veterinary medical officers now eligible for retirement, and 43 percent of veterinary pathology positions unfilled, the need for more veterinarians has never been greater. But the nation’s 28 veterinary medical schools are already at capacity. Applicants outnumber seats by more than 3 to 1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a need for an additional 22,000 veterinarians by 2016, yet colleges of veterinary medicine have not received direct federal infrastructure support in more than 30 years.
This must change, and it must change soon.
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