BOB MURTAUGH SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON ONE HEALTH CARE
In the best of times and worst of times, our great profession is blessed with some healthy tailwinds attributable to the rise in companion animal ownership and the increasing demand for our expertise and services in many areas of the One Health Arena.
MODIFY PRACTICE ACTS TO EXPAND THE ACTIVITIES ALLOWED FOR TRAINED SUPERVISED PARAPROFESSIONAL TEAM MEMBERS
Even with increasing veterinary technician numbers and maximizing tech utilization, we need to explore and establish mid-level practitioners in our profession, a lesson we can also learn from our human medical colleagues.
MEET THE STAFFING NEEDS OF ALL FACETS OF OUR PROFESSION
We need more veterinarians….35K lawyers, 28K physicians, but only 4K veterinarians graduate annually in this Country. From 1978 to 2013….35 years, we only opened one new veterinary school (WesternU) in the United States.
An overriding issue in 2022-2023 is access to care. For example, there is often a several-week wait to be seen for routine care in general practice or a several-hour wait or many mile drive required to be seen at an available veterinary emergency facility.