The history of veterinary medicine has been one of growth and adaptation to the needs of society. Today, the discipline relating to food animals is being challenged by various forces ranging from projected shortages of qualified personnel, to economic challenges and deficiencies in training future graduates. Despite these challenges, veterinarians interested in working with food animals have tremendous opportunities. Combining current interests and attention with a well-planned vision to shape the profession can likely ensure food animal veterinarian's relevance and contributions to society.
Barrington, George M. and Allen, Andrew J.
"Food Animal Veterinarians: Where We Came From and Where We Might Go,"
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