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As a professor or instructor of veterinary classes at one of the 423 accredited veterinary schools in the country, you play a critical role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The trends in the veterinary academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes veterinary training at the following levels:

  • Veterinary Certificate
  • Associates degree in Veterinary
  • Bachelors degree in Veterinary
  • Masters degree in Veterinary
  • PhD degree in Veterinary


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Veterinary professionals

301,820 318,190 333,480 339,730 342,390
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 342,390 veterinary professionals were working in the US. This number has grown by 13% over the course of the past 4 years.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Veterinary professionals

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Veterinary professionals in the US earned a median salary of $42,318 per year in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for veterinary professionals in the US was 30% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Veterinary

$36,934 $38,244 $40,910 $41,600 $42,318
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Veterinary professionals' salaries have seen a 15% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Veterinary Student enrollment growth by degree

4,966 3,621 3,943 4,404 4,654
14,296 6,576 6,780 6,852 6,714
655 356 361 356 276
1,395 629 620 633 598
1,585 1,426 1,370 1,533 1,812
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Veterinary
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Veterinary
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Veterinary
  • Grey: Certificate in Veterinary

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for veterinary professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 22,897 students graduated from veterinary degree programs in the US. In 2010, 14,054 students graduated from veterinary schools.

This represents a 39% change in the number of graduates. This decline in the number of students graduating from veterinary courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Veterinary Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is down, the number of schools offering veterinary programs has also decreased.

Veterinary Faculty Salaries

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The number of veterinary faculty, growth in the field of veterinary academia and veterinary faculty salaries is all data we are currently in the process of collecting. This is where we need your help. If you are involved in teaching veterinary courses to students at the certificate in veterinary, associates degree in veterinary, bachelors degree in veterinary, masters degree in veterinary, and PhD degree in veterinary levels, please take a moment to anonymously submit your information to help us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future faculty in the field of veterinary. Once you submit your information, you will get a chance to see an overview of what we have learned thus far from you and your peers.


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