Source: Lancaster Farming

Pennsylvania’s House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is addressing the shortage of large-animal and mixed-practice veterinarians in the state. During a meeting with industry representatives, suggestions were made to create mid-level veterinarian positions, improve the quality of life in rural areas, and harness technology like telemedicine and augmented reality.

Other ideas included expanding the role and responsibilities of vet technicians, changing language in the state’s Practice Act to enable non-vets to practice animal medicine in large-animal field settings, increasing student recruitment from urban areas and off-shore trainees, and offering financial support for students to address their debt burdens. The goal is to both attract and retain veterinarians in rural communities.

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