The demand for veterinary services within agriculture has long outpaced the supply. “It makes it harder for people to hire veterinarians and it makes it harder for practice owners in certain areas to retire or sell their practices,” said Dr. Laura Molgaard, dean, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Molgaard is working hard to increase the number of veterinarians within the state. “We start with recruitment; we reach out to young people and try to get them excited about veterinary medicine. We have to be pretty selective because there are so many applicants; this year we have over 1,500 candidates for 125 seats.” UM has a partnership with South Dakota State University where students can begin their collegiate education before coming to veterinary school in St. Paul.
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