Soaring educational costs, decreasing demand and falling salaries have created a difficult climate for new veterinarians, who may be struggling to find work and are often buried under student loans. According to the AVMA, starting salaries for veterinarians fell 13% over a 10-year period, to $45,575. Meanwhile, the cost of schooling is up 35% and factors such as larger class sizes, a declining pet population and a tough economy have dampened demand. AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros says there is no single clear solution to the challenges being faced in the profession, but he says the economics of veterinary school must be evaluated: "It's not a sustainable model. For the long-term success and health of the veterinary practice, we've got to look at every end of it."
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