There is a lot of conversation on the shortage of veterinarians in food animal production, particularly beef. And the wheels are in motion to put programs in place to alleviate this issue. There are loan relief programs for “areas of need," increasing class sizes, etc. However within the veterinary community this is not a black and white, open and shut case.
In fact the majority of practitioners that I come into contact with would agree that the “shortage” may be perceived and not real. Could it be the bovine veterinary practices are going through a transition similar to the rest of agriculture? That practices will become larger and cover wider areas? If so should we try to resist this change by putting programs in place to put practices back in areas where they cannot exist without loan aide?