Veterinarian Workforce: Actions are Needed to Ensure Sufficient Capacity for Protecting Public and Animal Health

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DIANE Publishing, 2009 - 93 pages
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Veterinarians are essential for controlling zoonotic diseases -- which spread between animals and humans -- such as avian influenza. Most fed. veterinarians work in the Depts. of Agriculture, DoD, and Health and Human Services. However, there is a growing national shortage of veterinarians. This report determined the extent to which: (1) the fed. gov┐t. has assessed the sufficiency of its veterinarian workforce for routine activities; (2) the fed. gov┐t. has identified the veterinarian workforce needed during a catastrophic event; and (3) fed. and state agencies encountered veterinarian workforce challenges during four recent zoonotic outbreaks. Charts and tables.

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