Veterinarian Shortage

Posted In: News Updates

You may have heard recently about the nationwide shortage of veterinarians we’re experiencing in the United States- so what’s behind this, and what does it mean for you as a client? Let’s discuss!

Veterinary medicine has dealt with staffing problems for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic made things notably worse. After COVID hit, the demand for vet appointments went up—both for newly adopted “pandemic pets” and for older pets in whom owners observed new health issues after being at home with them all day. COVID precautions like limiting the number of people who can be in the facility at a time, as well as staff being out due to illness or quarantining due to possible exposures meant offices were operating less efficiently. Everything just took longer.

Meanwhile, vets and vet techs started leaving the field in greater numbers than before. For some, staying in the job wasn’t worth the risk of getting COVID-19, coupled with increasing instances of unruly or aggravated clients, often exacerbated by the increased wait times and decreased availability of doctors. In addition, the veterinary field also tends to skew more heavily female, and mothers without childcare quit or switched fields to more flexible remote work.

Unfortunately, we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to COVID-19, or the stressors that it has brought upon the veterinary profession. Pet ownership is at an all-time high, and the demand for medical care for these pets is predictably increasing too, especially as owners are spending more time with their pets and getting a better understanding of different pet health factors. The silver lining to this, however, is that pets are now living longer on average than they ever have in recorded history- we’re doing a better job of understanding our pets’ needs, and being proactive about their health, which is a great thing!

At Animal Medical Center of Mid-America, we’re working hard to make things as convenient for our clients as possible while we navigate these ever-evolving challenges. We have released the AMCMA mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store- this app allows clients to message us directly, request appointments, refill medications and food, check in for appointments, view and pay invoices, view reward balances, and more!

In addition, you can use the AMCMA website to find pet health information, request appointments and/or S.N.I.P. surgeries, or access our online webstore where you can order dozens of popular pet health products or refill prescriptions for delivery or pickup (shipping is free on all orders of $50 or more!).

We sincerely appreciate our clients’ patience and understanding as we continue to strive to provide the highest level of care for your pets!

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.