Some debate whether there is a shortage of food-animal veterinarians or simply a distribution issue, but in either case, the result is the same: There are large areas in the U.S. with substantial livestock populations and insufficient numbers of veterinarians available to provide regular care, according to the AVMA. The situation compromises the safety of the U.S. food supply, the AVMA notes. Financial incentives for new veterinary graduates may help entice some into food-animal medicine, while bringing technicians to work in the field with veterinarians could also help cover underserved areas.

Related Summaries