A critical labor shortage in the veterinary field has been identified nationally and here in Colorado. Existing veterinarians and staff are experiencing extreme burnout and high turnover. Animals are suffering due to low availability of appointments, long wait times, high costs, and in some areas, a complete lack of veterinary services. Veterinarians, veterinary staff, pets, pet owners, and businesses that rely on animals, such as dairy farms and ranches, need relief.
The Vet Care Coalition is proposing changes to increase access to veterinary care which are crucial to achieve long-overdue access to veterinary care in Colorado.
The Vet Care Coalition for Increasing Access to Veterinary Care is an expanding alliance that includes animal welfare organizations, veterinarians and technicians, pet owners, ranchers, and other experts with a common goal to find innovative solutions to the state’s veterinary workforce shortage.