Where Are the Veterinarian Shortage Areas Anyway
AbstractIn 2010 the United States implemented the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) to address perceived regional shortages in certain veterinary occupations, including food animal practice. With county as the unit of analysis, this paper describes a pair of models to evaluate factors associated with being designated a private practice shortagearea in 2010. One model is used to explain food animal veterinarian location choices so as to provide an objective evaluation of comparative shortage. The other model seeks to explain the counties chosen as shortageareas. Model results are then used to evaluate the program. On the whole the program appears to perform quite well. For several states, however, VMLRP shortage designations are inconsistent with the food animal veterinarian location model. Comparative shortage is generally more severe in states that have no VMLRP designated private practice shortage counties than in states that do.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 35024.
Date of creation: 29 Mar 2012
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Publication status: Published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, May 2012,, pp. 198-206
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food animal veterinarians; loan repayment program; practice location;
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- Tong Wang & David A. Hennessy & Annette M. O'Connor, 2010. "Where Are the Veterinarian Shortage Areas Anyway?," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 10-wp513, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
- Wang, Tong & Hennessy, David A. & O'Connor, Annette M., 2011. "Where are the veterinarian shortage areas anyway?," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103483, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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