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Shortage Of Rural Veterinarians Puts Farmers, Food Supply At Risk

Veterinarian Karen Chandler works quickly to castrate young male calves. ESTHER HONIG / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA


There’s been a shortage of large-animal vets in rural areas since 2003 due to a combination, experts say, of low wages, long hours and fewer new graduates wanting to live outside of a major city. Without vets, farmers and the nation’s food supply are more vulnerable to disease outbreaks. It also could mean sick and infected animals will increasingly go untested.