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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel." National Research Council. 2013. Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13413.
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Appendix G

Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel

The purpose of the survey was to collect information about the numbers of current and projected faculty and students at U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine, veterinary science departments, and comparative medicine departments. The sample consisted of the 28 U.S. colleges and schools of veterinary medicine, 9 veterinary science departments within U.S. colleges of agriculture and 7 departments of comparative medicine at U.S. medical schools. The list of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine, veterinary science departments and departments of comparative medicine were provided by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

An e-mail letter was sent to each person in the sample asking them to go to a website where they could complete the questionnaire. There were several follow up e-mails from the National Research Council (NRC) sent to members who did not respond to the survey. The two members of the study committee who were deans of veterinary colleges also contacted the non-responders. As a result responses were received from 27 of 28 colleges/schools of veterinary medicine, 6 of the 9 veterinary science departments, and 5 of the 7 comparative medicine departments.

The data are available from the NRC.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel." National Research Council. 2013. Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13413.
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The AAVMC has enlisted the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council to convene a panel to study the broad scope of issues related to the veterinary workforce in the United States. The study will explore the historical changes in the size and characteristics of the veterinary workforce; assess the demographics and adequacy of the current supply of veterinarians in different occupational categories and sectors of the economy; and identify incentives, disincentives, and other factors that are likely to affect the numbers of veterinarians seeking jobs in different sectors in the future. The study will also examine the trends affecting the kinds of jobs available to veterinarians, and assess the future demand for veterinary expertise in existing and new employment sectors. The study will also examine the current and future capacity of universities, colleges, comparative medicine and veterinary science departments to train in all sectors adequately and to identify training needs relative to the demand for specific expertise.

This questionnaire is to request that you assist in planning for the future of academic veterinary medicine by sharing information that will help in formulating the current and planned academic workforce needs and/or options for meeting requirements of a national veterinary workforce.

This web based survey is designed so that you can stop answering the questions at any time and return to the survey to answer more questions or change answers to already completed questions. The only constraint is that you use the same computer while answering the questions.

1) Demographic Information

Name: _________________________________________________

Company: _________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________

Address 2: _________________________________________________

City/Town: _________________________________________________

State: _________________________________________________

Zip code: _________________________________________________

Email: _________________________________________________

Phone Number: _________________________________________________

2) The responses to this questionnaire apply only to the part of the institution indicated below:

Veterinary college (All Units)

Comparative medicine departments

Veterinary science departments

Other: _____________________

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel." National Research Council. 2013. Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13413.
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3) Provide the number of current faculty and students.

  2007
Faculty - tenure track  
Faculty - non tenure track clinical  
Faculty - non tenure track research  
DVM professional students  
Graduate students - masters  
Graduate students - doctoral  
Postdoctoral associates  
Clinical interns  
Clinical residents  
Masters in Public Health  
Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine  

4) Estimate the number of faculty and students you expect in your program in 2010.

  2010
Faculty - tenure track  
Faculty - non tenure track clinical  
Faculty - non tenure track research  
DVM professional students  
Graduate students - masters  
Graduate students - doctoral  
Postdoctoral associates  
Clinical interns  
Clinical residents  
Masters in Public Health  
Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine  

5) Estimate the number of faculty and students you expect in your program in 2016.

  2016
Faculty - tenure track  
Faculty - non tenure track clinical  
Faculty - non tenure track research  
DVM professional students  
Graduate students - masters  
Graduate students - doctoral  
Postdoctoral associates  
Clinical interns  
Clinical residents  
Masters in Public Health  
Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine  
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel." National Research Council. 2013. Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13413.
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6) Identify, by discipline/specialty, the number of vacant faculty positions in 2007 within existing programs and what is anticipated in future years due to retirements in 2010 and 2016.

2007 2010 2016
BASIC SCIENCES: Anatomy
Biochemistry/Physiology
Embryology
Epidemiology
Food Safety/Public Health
Genetics
Immunology
Medicine
Microbiology/Virology/
Parasitology
Nutrition
Pathology
Pharmacology
Reproduction
Surgery
Toxicology
CLINICAL SCIENCES: Large Animals:
   Equine Medicine
   Equine Surgery
Food Animals:
   Beef
   Dairy
   Poultry
   Small Ruminants
   Swine
Small Animals:
   Anesthesiology
   Behavior
   Cardiology
   Clinical Pathology
   Dentistry
   Dermatology
   Emergency Medicine
   Critical Care
   Internal Medicine
   Lab Animal
   Neurology
   Nutrition
   Pharmacy
   Shelter Medicine
   Surgery
   Soft Tissue
   Orthopedics
   Theriogenology
   Zoological/Wildlife
Other ____________
Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel." National Research Council. 2013. Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13413.
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7) Is your Unit planning to add or delete training/educational programs?

If yes, please specify the designated program(s) and identify faculty needs and proposed enrollments.

8) For the planned programs identified in Question # 7, please list the number of new graduates from the proposed program(s):

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
DVM’s
DVM/Ph’s
PhD’s
MPH
MPVM
MSc
MBA

9) Is your college/school/department planning a “Center of Emphasis” (special training for 4th year students who desire in-depth training with species, disciplines, i.e. food safety/public health, etc.)?

If yes, please describe, indicate the collaborating institutions, identify faculty areas needed, the number of faculty needed and proposed enrollments.

10) Does your College/School have or participate in a Registered Veterinary Technician Program?

If yes please briefly describe the number of graduates per year and whether it is for small animal or large animal, i.e., equine, livestock/poultry or both.

11) If your answer to Question #10 is no, do you intend to add such a program at your institution?

If the answer is yes, when do you plan on establishing such a program and what is your estimate of the number of students in each class year?

Thank you.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Academic Survey of Veterinary Personnel." National Research Council. 2013. Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13413.
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The U.S. veterinary medical profession contributes to society in diverse ways, from developing drugs and protecting the food supply to treating companion animals and investigating animal diseases in the wild. In a study of the issues related to the veterinary medical workforce, including demographics, workforce supply, trends affecting job availability, and capacity of the educational system to fill future demands, a National Research Council committee found that the profession faces important challenges in maintaining the economic sustainability of veterinary practice and education, building its scholarly foundations, and evolving veterinary service to meet changing societal needs.

Many concerns about the profession came into focus following the outbreak of West Nile fever in 1999, and the subsequent outbreaks of SARS, monkeypox, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, highly pathogenic avian influenza, H1N1 influenza, and a variety of food safety and environmental issues heightened public concerns. They also raised further questions about the directions of veterinary medicine and the capacity of public health service the profession provides both in the United States and abroad.

To address some of the problems facing the veterinary profession, greater public and private support for education and research in veterinary medicine is needed. The public, policymakers, and even medical professionals are frequently unaware of how veterinary medicine fundamentally supports both animal and human health and well-being. This report seeks to broaden the public's understanding and attempts to anticipate some of the needs and measures that are essential for the profession to fulfill given its changing roles in the 21st century.

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