Vets face pressure from labour shortage, increase calls for graduates

August 25, 2021
A shortage of vets across Canada is causing strain and overwork for veterinarians, who say that the demand is greater than the number of graduates from postsecondary institutions can address. CBC reports that PEI vet clinics are having a difficult time attracting graduates from the Atlantic Veterinary College, as they have more opportunities to practice in other places. In Ontario, Dr Sherri Dennett, who runs a veterinary practice in Riverside South, says a 2015 workforce survey did not anticipate an increase in the demand for vets. The Ottawa Citizen says that though there are plans to increase spaces at the Ontario Veterinary College, the increase will only be “modest.” In British Columbia, vet and vet tech graduates cannot meet the current demand for care. The Society of BC Veterinarians has requested that BC fund 20 additional student seats at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. CBC | Alberni Valley News | Ottawa Citizen (National)