Where Did All the Veterinarians Go?

As the veterinarian shortage increases, finding one is becoming like finding a unicorn. A recent study estimates a shortage of 10,000 veterinarians in the next 10 years. With such stiff competition, it’s even more important to make your organization stand out when hiring.

To that end, join us on Wednesday, February 17, for “Recruiting and Retaining Veterinarians.” The 3pm ET webinar features a discussion with Charleston Animal Society’s Dr. Lucy Fuller and Dr. Melanie DeHaan of Shelter Outreach Services, facilitated by Open Door Veterinary Care’s Aimee St. Arnaud. We asked Aimee to tell us more about the situation, and what to expect during this session.

The Association: Who should attend this webinar—and why?

Aimee St. Arnaud: If you are a director or manager of a medical program that hires veterinarians, this webinar is for you! Learn from successful programs and find where they placed job ads, what types of ads work best, and how to make your organization stand out and be a place where veterinarians want to come work and want to stay.

The Association: How does the vet shortage impact our communities?

Aimee St. Arnaud: Banfield is estimating that in the next ten years there will be a shortage of 10,000 veterinarians that will impact 75 million pets getting care.  As communities work to improve safety nets to keep pets and people together, veterinary care is a big piece of this.

The Association: How does the vet shortage impact our industry?

Aimee St. Arnaud: When organizations struggle to find veterinarians, lifesaving programs suffer. Shelter animals can’t get fixed before adoption, return-to-field programs that help community cats are limited, and daily veterinary rounds in shelters can’t be done in a timely manner. Additionally, new programs or expansion of programs may need to be put on hold or limited while programs look for veterinarians.

Join Aimee for the webinar on Wednesday, February 17 and learn the types of benefit packages that attract veterinarians; how to write an honest and enticing job description; tips on interviewing; and how to retain veterinarians.

This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, and is approved for:

  • 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval (pending approval)
  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)


Photo: Open Door Veterinary Care/Facebook


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