Galloping Away: Factors affecting equine practitioners’ desire to change veterinary sectors.

Veterinarians practicing equine medicine account for less than five percent of the veterinary profession. Within the equine practice, the rate of young veterinary practitioners leaving the equine veterinary profession has increased over the past ten years. What is driving equine practitioners to leave the equine veterinary sector and pursue work in other veterinary sectors, private or public, is unknown. Using the 2016 American Veterinary Medical Association/American Association of Equine Practitioners Survey of Equine Practitioners, a binary logit model is utilized to analyze factors that affect an equine practitioner's desire to change veterinary sectors. Preliminary analysis shows that a decrease in satisfaction with their work environment, high student debt, and lower income compared to other veterinary sectors, increase the odds of an equine practitioner desiring to leave equine medicine. These results are then compared to the overall veterinary profession. By understanding what drives an equine practitioner to leave equine medicine, proper tools can be put in place in order to help retain, and bring in new equine practitioners.

Issue Date:
Jan 17 2018
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
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Total Pages:
31 slides
JEL Codes:
Q13; J62

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