Australia has a veterinarian shortage, as professionals face stress, financial pressure and long hours. Kookaburra Veterinary Employment owner Wendy Nathan told the ABC there were currently more than 400 unfilled veterinary positions on her books alone. She said vets were leaving the industry –
blames stress, financial pressure and long hours, along with abuse and “emotional blackmail” from pet owners, for the problem.
“Dr Nathan said the shortage was not helped by the high university entrance requirement, the five-year study period, and the low starting salary compared to dentists and engineers.”