hold about 59,700 jobs in the United States. According to the American
Veterinary Medical Association, 80 percent of veterinarians were
employed in a solo or group practice. Most others were salaried
employees of colleges or universities; medical schools; private
industry, such as research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies;
and Federal, State, or local government.
The Federal Government
employed about 1,300 civilian veterinarians, chiefly in the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationís
Center for Veterinary Medicine. A few veterinarians work for zoos, but
most veterinarians caring for zoo animals are private practitioners who
contract with the zoos to provide services, usually on a part-time
basis. In addition, many veterinarians hold veterinary faculty positions in
colleges and universities and are classified as teachers.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.