A shift in herd size and scope of need has resulted in a drop in the number of food animal veterinarians in rural areas. Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. James Bennett says their organization is asking state legislators to act. “Minnesota is one of only eight states where our veterinary technicians are not licensed and that creates some problems.” A licensure bill would allow veterinary technicians to do some things under indirect supervision and go to farm calls for some activities normally performed by a veterinarian. While Bennet says this would not be a complete solution, “we do think that would help extend the reach of veterinarians in rural areas.”
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