As a child, Tierra Price was mesmerized by Dr. Dolittle, portrayed by Eddie Murphy in the 1998 film—not only because he could talk to dogs and sad circus tigers, but because he was a person of color who treated animals. Veterinarians need many skills, but most especially Science, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Thinking. Of the more than 104,000 veterinarians in the nation, nearly 90% are white, less than 2% are Hispanic and almost none are Black, according to 2019 BLS figures. Top veterinary schools in the rest of the world. September 20, 2016 Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our, Pet Owners Are Diverse, but Veterinarians Are Overwhelmingly White. A record high number of Americans own pets, according to the American Pet Products Association trade group, with estimates ranging from 56.8% to more than 65% of U.S. households. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Veterinarians need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Management of Financial Resources. “It’s not that they don’t want to become veterinarians,” Price says, “but they don’t know that it’s a career option.”. Yet pet lovers are faced with a predominantly white world once it’s time to see a vet. The man insisted a white doctor treat his chihuahua, Tiny, who was suffering from congestive heart failure. By the time she started veterinary school, she felt like an outcast. Chief among them is a lack of access and exposure to veterinarians at an early age, particularly among children who live in urban or low-income areas, where pet healthcare is considered more of a luxury, advocates say. Tierra Price holds Flossie in her arms while Rocco sits at her feet during a visit to a dog park in Culver City, Calif., on Oct 12. While many young veterinarians are wracked with student debt, no matter their race, daily discrimination in the workplace is another job challenge. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Veterinarians are Brazos CountyCollege Station & Bryan Cities PUMA, TX, Lake Stevens & Monroe Cities PUMA, WA, and Ingham County (South & East) PUMA, MI. “In this day and time, you don’t stay that way unless you’re ignorant to the fact that diversity is good,” Daniel says. “Our profession could really benefit from more diversity because it brings creativity,” Price says. It costs graduate students attending in-state vet schools at Cornell University in New York and at the University of California, Davis upwards of $32,000 per academic year for just tuition and fees, according to the schools’ websites. In turn, at least two have refused his service. Bella's front leg is "back to 100% now, fortunately," says Draper. He saved the chihuahua that day, but the man referred to Draper as “the colored doctor” for the next couple of appointments. Draper with Bella, a French Bulldog, at The Village Vets on Oct. 8. Veterinary services is the industry that employs the most Veterinarians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Veterinarians, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. For many others, getting into vet school and paying for it pose additional challenges. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals. “It brings innovation and it brings new ideas.”, "Pets need us. The most common industries employing Veterinarians, by number of employees, are Veterinary services, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Legal services. “All the time,” he says, adding that they often insist on speaking to the clinic’s owner. 61,400. As per the occupational outlook handbook given by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS) run by the United States Department of Labor, the number of veterinarians is 61,400 in the year 2010. Instead, applicants can explain how they’ve found success in the face of hardship or how they’ve adapted to change. “I was going into a profession I didn’t really belong in,” she says. “I walked away and came back and said, ‘I am the owner.’”. Among them, 81 percent are working in the veterinary industry while 9 percent are self-employed. In addition to officers, the expansion of other ranks rose from 934 to 41,755. In 2018, Veterinarians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.358, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 85.9% of Veterinarians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. For some, it was the latest example that the industry was not keeping up with the times. Representing 6.18% of Veterinarians, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. The World Veterinary Association (WVA) is an independent international association representing veterinary professionals working in all fields of practice with all species of animals around the world. Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Brazos CountyCollege Station & Bryan Cities PUMA, TX, Lexington-Fayette County (Outer) PUMA, KY, General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, Olney, Damascus, Clarksburg & Darnestown PUMA, MD, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, Scientific research & development services, Administration of economic programs & space research. Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Veterinarians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Where do we rank? Dion Hobbs, a 46-year-old Houston financial advisor, also noticed that difference when he switched to a Black vet. December 12, 2012 In fact, the number of Black vets dropped from 2.1% of the total vet population in 2016 to below 1% in 2019, which Daniel says is largely due to systemic racism. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Veterinarians. The top 3 most similar occupations to Veterinarians by wage are Chemical engineers, Aerospace engineers, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers. “Pets need us. PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Veterinarians, Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Veterinarians. , charm In 2013, the profession was dubbed the whitest in America. All Rights Reserved. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges says it reached a milestone in 2020 of having about 20% of its total enrollment consisting of racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities. In July, the AVMA approved the idea of forming a commission to assess diversity issues, but it has not yet been created. More than 30 years ago, Draper says an older white man balked when he saw that Draper was Black. “That really selects for populations that have the luxury of forgoing income.”, In 2019, veterinary students in the U.S. graduated with an average of $150,000 in debt, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). When an industry is stifled by homogeneity, it can breed a culture of leaders often inflexible to change, advocates say. On top of requiring prospective students to complete a number of undergraduate prerequisite courses, which can be costly, many top vet schools require or recommend that applicants have hundreds of hours of clinical experience working with animals and licensed veterinarians. Management, business, science, & arts occupations, Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations. According to U.S. News & World Report, the median annual salary of veterinarians living in the United States was $88,490 in 2015. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Veterinarians. This graphic shows the share of Veterinarians employed by various industries.