While the problem is being addressed across the country, no one knows what the outcome will be.
Higher salaries in other areas of veterinary medicine are a detractor. And heavy government recruiting of rural veterinarians
for public-health programs doesn't help, Andrews says.
As an ARV member, Andrews hopes the shortage is narrowing, but estimates the group won't know if its efforts are making a
difference for at least four to five years.
Leaders speak out
"We are examining creative ways to help students repay their loans and remain solvent during this recession. I believe veterinarians
are passionate, committed and working hard to ensure that we remain one of the more respected and effective professions."
— EMILY EATON, PRESIDENT, STUDENT AVMA UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS DVM CANDIDATE, CLASS OF 2009