Maybe Your Calling is Large Animal Veterinarian?


For those trying to have assured work after college, it’s looking more and more like agriculture is the field to study.

On the heels of a USDA announcement that there are more jobs in agriculture than candidates to fill them, the Associated Press reports on a particular field that could use some qualified workers: veterinary medicine.

According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, about 3,000 veterinarians graduate from the 30 accredited veterinary programs in the United States every year. That’s a perfectly decent amount, but about two-thirds of them are trained specifically to handle pets, or companion animals, as they’re called in the field. Only 8 percent focus specifically on food animals like cows, pigs and chickens, and another 7 percent have training that includes but is not limited to food animals. (The remainder of veterinary specialties is taken up mostly by horses and various smaller specialties; the University of California, Davis has a camelid specialty, for example.)

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