JAVMA News Digest

Pulling together to lower the debt-to-income ratio

Rebecca Ober, a fourth-year veterinary student at Kansas State University, says high educational debt among veterinary students and recent graduates is always seen as someone else's problem. (Photo by Malinda Larkin)

Educational debt is a national concern across professions; however, veterinary medicine has the highest debt-to-income ratio, at least among the various health professions, according to a 2013 article in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2013;369:1973–1975). The article cited slow rises in veterinary income as educational debt “exploded.”

To address this complex issue, the