In recent years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's
Nigel Cook, head of the school's Food Animal Production Medicine section, believes this trend may be largely a result of lifestyle choices.
"We are drawing from a pool of high school students that are becoming increasingly urbanized, one step removed from agriculture with little access to positive role models working in agriculture," he says. "Even worse, they are often exposed to negative information about agricultural practices, which is often misinformed."
For individuals who do have a farm animal interest, the prospect of a $100,000 debt load at the end of their veterinary training can deter them to other career options. The predictable hours and higher salaries of small animal practice become very attractive to the majority of students.
To address the issue, the
The need for large animal veterinarians is acute in