Ahead of National Veterinarians Day on April 30, a recent study from veterinarians.org revealed that Arkansas has an average of 14 veterinarians per 100,000 people, making it the state with the least number of employed veterinarians in the entire nation.
However, Arkansas is also the highest paying state for veterinarians. Arkansas veterinarians take home an annual average salary that’s 146.7 percent higher than the average salary across all occupations in the state.
Only five states in the study’s rankings boast 40 or more veterinarians per capita: South Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, Vermont and Maine. A third of the states in the top-ranking is based in the nation’s Midwest region, where agricultural production is among the highest in the world.
New Jersey, West Virginia, Nevada, Illinois and Texas also all boast less than 18 veterinarians per capita, when it comes to the lowest number of employed veterinarians.
Six states in total from the study’s bottom rankings are among the highest payers for veterinarians: Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Veterinarians in these states make anywhere from 115 percent-146 percent more than the state’s average salary.
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With the veterinary occupation projected to grow by 17 percent by the year 2030, according to veterinarians.org, pet owners in states where veterinarians are currently in short supply may have much to look forward to. Bigger salaries in underrepresented states and the proximity of top-ranking schools of veterinary medicine may also help to draw more veterinarians to such states.
Lyon College in Batesville recently began developing plans for a veterinary to be located in Little Rock, which would represent the first of its kind in the state.