The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released an announcement today revealing trends in veterinary care.
Trend #1: More veterinarians are seeking board certification as specialists.
… veterinarians are increasingly seeking board certification as specialists, a trend that is in direct response to a demand for a higher level of care by pet owners. Statistics from specialty colleges show that there were 9,826 active board-certified diplomates in 2009, a 15.46 percent increase in veterinary specialists from 2006. Even more striking, the number of specialists in the internal medicine specialty went up by more than 11 percent in just one year, from 2008 to 2009.
“The increasing demand for veterinary specialists is something that we’ve known was happening for some time, but this data helps us understand and track this trend,” explains Dr. Larry R. Corry, president of the AVMA. “As the human-animal bond continues to grow, veterinarians are being asked by pet owners to provide increasingly advanced treatments, and this is driving them into specialties like internal medicine, neurology and oncology.”
Trend #2: For the first time in history, there are more female than male veterinarians.
The tipping point came in 2009, when, according to AVMA data, female veterinarians (44,802) surpassed the total number of male veterinarians (43,196). In 2008, men had still outnumbered women in the profession.
- Statistics re: veterinary specialists by association/specialty (AVMA website)
- Specialty services offered at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists
- Full press release from the AVMA: New AVMA Market Data Reveals Trends in Veterinary Medicine, Pet Care and Women’s Career Choices