some fraction of students, particularly those who earn less than the average, the debt load may prove overwhelming. Although the trend toward increased student debt is common in higher education, it is a particular difficulty in veterinary medicine, in which incomes remain low relative to the cost of the education.

FIGURE 10-3 Mean starting DVM salaries (in 2006 dollars). NOTE: Response rates of annual surveys of graduating DVMs are typically greater than 90%. DATA SOURCE: AVMA Annual Surveys of Veterinary College Graduates.

FIGURE 10-4 Positions taken immediately after earning DVM, by percentage of DVM respondents. NOTE: Response rates of annual surveys of graduating DVMs are typically greater than 90%. DATA SOURCE: AVMA Annual Surveys of Veterinary College Graduates.



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