Education for the veterinary profession

James Pratley, Kym Abbott

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This paper reports a study of the supply of veterinary science graduates, relative to the needs of the job market, based on census data and recruitment advertisements. Current university graduations supply around 710 new veterinarians, including international students. Job advertisements over the period of study were around 600 per year but this number includes built-up demand as well as a new paradigm of part-time activity due to the increasing predominance of women in the profession. Projections for 2013 suggest that graduate supply will increase well beyond 750 as a result of new veterinary schools and increased enrolments in previously-existing schools. A significant oversupply of graduates relative to the demand for those with specifically veterinary training is likely.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalAgricultural Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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