I think you need to do more research into the veterinary field… most vet clinics at this point are corporate owned, and we also have electronic medical records that take us forever to write. Also specialists in fields (like neurology) are increasingly common in vet med.

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Jul 6, 2022Liked by Trevor Klee

"Volk reckons about 25% of all companion animal practices in the U.S. are now owned by corporate consolidators. But that accounts for at least 40%, and perhaps closer to 50%, of all client visits, he explained, because corporations tend to own larger practices than independents, including a majority of U.S. specialist referral centers."


Dr. M and Trevor both have a point. From my experience, I have noticed that large animal veterinarians are more likely to own their own practice. These operations are much smaller in revenue and staff than an urban companion clinic, but each horse doctor carries their own tax ID. Urban clinics try to turn through patients every 30 min and are incredibly alluring to the large animal vet who is burdened with on-call and a significant pay cut from small animal work.

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25% of vet clinics are corporate owned as of 2021 (https://news.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=210&Id=10652228) . It's not a trend I think is good, but it's still not most.

There was no legislation around electronic medical records for veterinarians, unlike for physicians. Any adoption of EMR by veterinarians is by choice, which was my point.

Agreed that vet specialists are becoming more common. But it's still nothing compared to the specialization of human physicians.

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Something to note, despite these differences Veterinarians are also miserable. They have more that twice the suicide rate of human medical professionals.


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Vets have to kill living creatures dozen of times per year, or even more often. This is terrible for their mental health. And they always have access to painless, powerful suicide drugs.

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