The National Research Council proposes to convene an expert committee to study the broad scope of issues related to the veterinary workforce in the United States. The study will explore historical changes in the size and characteristics of the veterinary workforce and adequacy of the current supply of veterinarians in different occupational categories and employment sectors and the factors that are likely to affect the numbers of veterinarians seeking jobs in different sectors in the future. The study will examine the current and future capacity of universities and colleges to provide sufficient numbers of adequately trained veterinarians and identify training needs relative to the demand for specific expertise. A report will present the findings of the study, and identify options for meeting requirements for a veterinary workforce.
Committee Meeting One
April 19-20, 2007, Washington, DC
View meeting agenda (with links to speakers’ PowerPoint presentations)
Committee Meeting Two
June 22-23, 2007, Washington, DC
Committee Meeting Three
September 23-24, 2007, Washington, DC
Committee Meeting Four
January 30-31, 2008, Washington, DC
Committee Meeting Five
February 27-28, 2008, Washington DC
Committee Meeting Six
March 18-19, 2009, Washington DC
Update on May 10, 2012: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued in May 30, 2012.
Alan M. Kelly (Chair)
Professor of Pathology and Dean Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Sheila W. Allen
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Val R. Beasley
Professor of Veterinary Biosciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine
Assistant Dean of Government and International Relations
Professor, Public Health
Interim Head Department of Ecosystem and Public Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary
American Veterinary Medical Association Immediate Past President and Small animal practitioner
Former Vice President of Pre-Clinical Safety (retired)
Associate Professor of Economics
Tracey S. McNamara
Veterinary Pathologist and Consultant
Gay Y. Miller
Professor, Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bennie I. Osburn
University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Mark V. Pauly
The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania
Fred W. Quimby
The Rockefeller University [Retired]
Stephen F. Sutherland
Senior Director, US Regulatory Affairs
Pfizer Animal Health
Veterinary Medicine Research and Development
American Animal Hospital Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Bayer Animal Health
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
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Andrus, David M., Kevin P. Gwinner, and J. Bruce Prince. “Food Supply Veterinary Medicine: Job satisfaction, changes in occupational area, and commitment to a career in food supply veterinary medicine.” JAVMA. 228.12 (2006): 1884-1893.
AVMA Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Coalition Report (May 2006) Available online
AVMA Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Data Maps by State Available online
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NRC. 2005. Animal Health at the Crossroads: Preventing, detecting, and diagnosing animal diseases. Washington DC: National Academies Press. Available online
NRC. 2005. Critical Needs for Research in Veterinary Science. Washington DC: National Academies Press. Available online
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Snyder, Gerald. “Staff shortages pose real threat.” DVM Magazine. January (2006): 32-34.
Tremayne, Jessica. “Kansas program to increase rural DVMs.” DVM Newsmagazine. July (2006): 62.
University of Tennessee – Veterinary College. “Veterinary Needs Assessment.” 2007.
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