There could be a serious food-animal veterinarian shortage by 2026, according to a Kansas State University's College of Business Administrationstudy. "Not having enough veterinarians in rural communities, out in the field, to do adequate disease surveillance threatens our food security," says Lyle Vogel, DVM, American Veterinary Medical Association’s director of the Animal Welfare Division. "This study has scientifically documented that there is a shortage, it is going to get worse."

The study projected that the demand for food-animal veterinarians is projected to increase 12 percent to 13 percent during the next decade, but that four out of every 100 jobs will go unfilled.

The study concluded that improving recruiting strategies, loan forgiveness and improving the profession’s image or possible ways to attract more students to the field.