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Post-Graduate Veterinary Education - Residencies and Internships - Becoming Very Popular Among New Veterinarians

Thursday, October 16, 2008 General News J E 4
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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 15 Post-graduate education hasnever been more popular among recent graduates of veterinary schools inAmerica, according to recent studies and reports published by the AmericanVeterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

In the class of 2008, almost 40 percent of graduating new veterinariansreported that they were going into advanced education -- 89.2 percent of thoseinto internships and 6 percent into residencies. These statistics, as well asother interesting details-average educational debt for veterinarians is now$119,803-are in AVMA's veterinary student survey published in the Journal ofthe American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA),http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/ref/10.2460/javma.233.7.1067.

"The percentage of students seeking advanced education has been increasingover many years. However, when we look just at the past 5 years(2003 - 2008), those seeking advanced education after graduation has increased51.7 percent -- now that is dramatic!" Says Alison J. Shepherd, MBA, seniormanager of market research at the AVMA.

In 2003, only 26.3 percent of veterinary graduates went into advancededucational positions. Shepherd explains that the trend seems to beaccelerating.

"Internships have quadrupled and residencies have doubled in the past 20years," says Dr. Michael S. Garvey, a Pennsylvania veterinarian who runs theVeterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program, in an AVMA article,http://www.avma.org/press/releases/081015_postgraded.asp. In the article,in-depth coverage is given to the growing pains that the veterinary professionis going through to adapt to this new trend.

It's clear that there are currently more student applicants forpost-graduate work than there are positions, with post-graduate posts oftenoutnumbering the positions by over 20 to one. Dr. John Berg, chair of theDepartment of Clinical Sciences at Tufts Veterinary School, says that theschool receives about 100 applications for their two surgical residencies eachyear.

AVMA research has also shown that post-graduate education is moreattractive to new female veterinarians, according to a report in JAVMA athttp://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/pdf/10.2460/javma.233.8.1238. Over 42percent of female graduates go on into post-graduate positions, compared to 33percent of males.

The AVMA and its more than 76,000 member veterinarians are engaged in awide variety of activities dedicated to advancing the science and art ofanimal, human and public health. Visit the AVMA Web site athttp://www.avma.org for more information.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association
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