Vet shortage threatens cattle industry

Kansas is facing a shortage of veterinarians that tend to livestock. Students are focused on smaller animals like dogs and cats. The livestock industry and universities are looking for ways to ease the shortage.


State News

May 19, 2021 - 9:03 AM

A herd of curious cattle in Bressner Pasture investigate a possible source of food. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

TOPEKA — Kansas, a state that relies heavily on the cattle industry to power its economy, faces a shortage of the veterinarians that tend to the livestock.

So it’s launched a task force to find how to draw more people who can doctor the livestock driving billions of dollars in economic activity.

Cattle ranching and related businesses employ nearly 39,000 people and contribute an estimated $8.7 billion to the Kansas economy.

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