• Mean starting salary among graduates who accepted full-time positions was $53,807 for males and $47,087 for females.
• When salaries for positions in advanced education were excluded, the mean full-time salary increased to $68,903 for males and $63,319 for females.
• Mean debt among those with debt was $127,879 for males and $130,552 for females.
In cooperation with the 28 US schools and colleges of veterinary medicine, the AVMA conducted an annual survey of veterinary medical graduates in the spring of 2009 (Appendix). Information on veterinary graduates' employment choices, salaries, and educational indebtedness was collected from 2,385 survey respondents, representing 95.7% of all graduates. Of the respondents, 78.0% (1,860) were female, 21.7% (518) were male, and 0.3% (7) did not indicate their gender. In 2009, for the first time, all schools participated in a Web-based survey. Because the Web-based method allows for more detailed data gathering, the salary and additional compensation questions were redesigned and expanded this year to allow for more accurate results.a In the results reported here, base sizes vary because some respondents did not answer all questions.
Karen E. Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM assisted in the redesign of the graduating senior survey questionnaire.
Because salary questions were reworded for the 2009 survey, caution should be used when comparing 2009 salary information with data collected in previous years.
Because questions regarding additional compensation were reworded for the 2009 survey, caution should be used when comparing additional compensation information with data collected in previous years.
Schools and colleges of veterinary medicine that participated in the 2009 survey of new graduates.
|Veterinary school||Response rate of graduating class (%)|
|Colorado State University||84|
|Iowa State University||95|
|Kansas State University||91|
|Louisiana State University||99|
|Michigan State University||89|
|Mississippi State University||100|
|North Carolina State University||100|
|The Ohio State University||91|
|Oklahoma State University||100|
|Oregon State University||83|
|Texas A&M University||100|
|University of California-Davis||93|
|University of Florida||89|
|University of Georgia||100|
|University of Illinois||95|
|University of Minnesota||100|
|University of Missouri||99|
|University of Pennsylvania||84|
|University of Tennessee||100|
|University of Wisconsin||100|
|Virginia Tech and University of Maryland||100|
|Washington State University||100|
|Western University of Health Sciences||100|