initiative is a responsibility to be shared with public health professionals, social scientists, and others.

Every sector of veterinary medicine is experiencing changes that have important implications for the profession and the future tasks that it inevitably needs to assume. The greatest challenge facing the profession is how its educational system and the research enterprise at its foundation will survive economic constraints, at a time when the private and public sector are looking for increasingly sophisticated veterinary expertise. With a serious examination of their collective purpose and a national perspective on the future of the veterinary workforce, the schools and colleges of veterinary medicine can meet those expectations.

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