About the Veterinary Industry
- There are 30 colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and only three new schools have been established in the last 30 years.
- The job market for veterinarians is excellent; in fact there is a shortage. The number of people per veterinarian nationally is 3,509/DVM with a population growth since 2000 of 9.7%. The number of people per veterinarian in Georgia is 4,174/DVM, with a population growth of 18.3% since 2000. With Georgia's population growth exceeding the national average, the need for veterinarians in our state is likely to increase in the future.*
- Every veterinarian who graduates will employ an average of five people, and provide approximately $500,000 annually in sales and services.
Training the Next Generation
- The demand for enrollment is increasing, and the qualifications of the applicants are outstanding. Applicants with a demonstrated interest in fields under-served in veterinary medicine such as rural practice, food safety and security, public health, and biomedical and agricultural research are given strong consideration in admissions.
- The College of Veterinary Medicine has established programs to encourage students to pursue careers in these fields. The Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program provides guaranteed admission to high school students interested in pursuing rural practice. Scholarships are provided for the DVM/PhD and DVM/MPH degree programs to encourage students to pursue careers in biomedical and agricultural research, public health, and food safety.
- The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has a longstanding tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. We have an outstanding faculty who are very dedicated to teaching, and they are in favor of increasing enrollment to meet the demand for more veterinarians.
- The Veterinary Teaching Hospital serves as a training facility for veterinary technician students from Fort Valley State University, Gwinnett Technical College and Athens Technical College.
- The current teaching hospital was occupied in 1979, and is too small and outdated to provide the state-of-the-art hands-on training our students need to be prepared to fulfill all the roles required of veterinarians today. Recruiting and retaining the best clinical faculty is a challenge because of our outdated hospital facilities.
The Need for New Facilities
- Georgia's population has increased 77% since our current teaching hospital was built, while our class size, now at its maximum based on space, has increased only 18%.*
- The size of our teaching hospital is substantially less than our peer institutions that have a lower enrollment and caseload demand (view the proposal page).
- Moving the hospital to an off-campus location will provide a state-of-the-art facility for our students to learn in, and will facilitate access for clients, especially those with large animals in livestock trailers, and will provide open space for convalescence for horses and cattle.
- The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked 9th in the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of colleges of veterinary medicine. Performance measures in many areas such as research productivity and faculty and student credentials improved since the last ranking. The diminished stature of our clinical training programs keeps us from "Top 5" recognition, primarily because of our overcrowded and outdated hospital facility.
- The accrediting body for colleges of veterinary medicine stated after the most recent accreditation review in 2006, “The CVM and University are strongly encouraged to complete the new teaching hospital which will improve the teaching/learning environment for clinical education.”
* Data current as of May 2011.