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I'm sure people who are already interested in LA med know about these issues, but does this article scare anyone out of doing LA?
Plus a random question: What do you guys think is better--distributing vets so that there are at least two vetss practicing together, so that there's someone on call at all time, or just spreading them out equally to make them as close to every farmer as possible, even if they aren't available all the time?
It also made me wonder if there was a place for something akin to veterinary technicians in large animal medicine. With dwindling numbers of LA vets, it might make sense for there to be some intermediate certification for certain kinds of veterinary procedures. I don't know if this could ever possibly include a c-section, but it could certainly authorize someone to perform some procedures previously allowed only by vets, the same way physicians assistants and nurses have taken over a lot of the smaller duties at human medical practices.
my vote is that those cow farmers in maine don't have any vets cause vets dont want to hike through four feet of snow and freeze their arms off doing repro checks. it doesn't say anything about north carolina having a cow vet shortage. ponder that.
well there goes that theory.In the Arkansas/Oklahoma area we have a rural vet shortage, and you can't get any better weather than here in my opinion. We'll have snow one week, then 70 degrees the next, and I like the variety.
Here ya go. There were lots of 'pop-ups' when I clicked on it, and have anti-popup software. Persistent little jerks....
A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association found the median starting salary of large-animal veterinarians to be $60,500, $11,000 less than that of small-animal veterinarians. For veterinarians practicing 25 years, the gap was even wider: $98,500 for large-animal practitioners, $122, 500 for small.
my vote is that those cow farmers in maine don't have any vets cause vets dont want to hike through four feet of snow and freeze their arms off doing repro checks.
it would be nice to see a vet school open up that just focuses on LA or food animal medicine along with public health.