Iowa State University Veterinarian


Iowa State University Veterinarian Records, RS 22/6/0/9, University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University, http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/arch/rgrp/22-6-0-9.html

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SF601 V65

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Start a conversation with a practitioner and the subject of the surplus of veterinarians, particularly new graduates, is sure to come up. Veterinary schools around the country have responded to surveys showing dwindling new job openings and pressure from state veterinary medical associations by curtailing enrollment numbers. Vet students are bombarded with speeches and presentations explaining all the careers that exist for them outside of traditional practice. But the fact is, most students want to practice. They have chosen this course of study based on their observations of veterinarians in practice back home, and it has led them to desire to do that kind of work. So what is the future plight of new graduates? Are they doomed to unemployment or are they to engage in a salary war, the lowest bidder getting the job? The SCAVMA chapter at Iowa State University has a new approach to answer the needs of its new graduates.