Source: VIN News 

Leaders of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have criticized a report by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), arguing it exaggerated the need for more veterinarians and failed to respect the increasing role of women in the profession. The controversial report projected a shortfall in veterinarian supply, estimating that only 52,986 graduates will enter the field by 2032, covering just 76% of the projected demand for 70,092 veterinarians.

The AVMA disputed these figures, suggesting an underestimation of new graduates and an overestimation of future demand. Amidst criticisms, notably from the nonprofit Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative regarding the report’s treatment of gender issues, the AAVMC withdrew the report. The AVMA and AAVMC, historically collaborators on workforce studies, have had repeated disputes over such data. The situation highlights ongoing tensions between maintaining professional standards and addressing market demands in the Veterinary field.

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