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Factors influencing the choice of a career in food-animal practice among recent graduates and current students of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
J Vet Med Educ. 2009 Spring; 36(1):7-15.JV

Abstract

Concerns about a shortage of large and mixed-animal veterinarians have been discussed in the profession. To better understand veterinary career choices among currently enrolled veterinary students (classes of 2007-2010) and recent graduate veterinarians in Texas (classes of 2002-2006), an online survey was developed. The objectives were to examine: (1) the respondents' backgrounds, demographic data, and experiences; (2) the respondents' working conditions and rural lifestyle considerations; (3) the respondents' perceptions of large/mixed-animal practice; and (4) the factors that have influenced respondents' career choices. The response rate was 37% (390/1,042). Overall, 72% of students and 55% of recent graduates were interested in large/mixed-animal practice. More than 70% of respondents indicated that veterinary practitioners had the strongest personal influence on career choices. Respondents who were no longer interested in large/mixed-animal practice, or who had never been interested, reported no experience with large animals (42% and 64%, respectively) as the most common reason for their lack of interest. Previous and current interest in large/mixed-animal practice were associated with working in a large/mixed-animal practice, any agricultural experience, and working for at least 6 months on a farm or ranch. Any 4-H experience increased the likelihood of previous interest, while being married decreased the likelihood of current interest. Student contact with practitioners (82%) and financial considerations (77%) were most commonly cited as factors that would make a career in large/mixed-animal practice more attractive. Rural lifestyle drawbacks influenced respondents' career choices. Many forms of agricultural experience may expose and encourage students to consider large/mixed-animal practice.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Manvel Animal Clinic, Manvel, TX 77578, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19435985

Citation

Lenarduzzi, Roland, et al. "Factors Influencing the Choice of a Career in Food-animal Practice Among Recent Graduates and Current Students of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine." Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, vol. 36, no. 1, 2009, pp. 7-15.
Lenarduzzi R, Sheppard GA, Slater MR. Factors influencing the choice of a career in food-animal practice among recent graduates and current students of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. J Vet Med Educ. 2009;36(1):7-15.
Lenarduzzi, R., Sheppard, G. A., & Slater, M. R. (2009). Factors influencing the choice of a career in food-animal practice among recent graduates and current students of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 36(1), 7-15. https://doi.org/10.3138/jvme.36.1.7
Lenarduzzi R, Sheppard GA, Slater MR. Factors Influencing the Choice of a Career in Food-animal Practice Among Recent Graduates and Current Students of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. J Vet Med Educ. 2009;36(1):7-15. PubMed PMID: 19435985.
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