A GRADUATING class of 64 veterinarian students will likely go on to fill critical regional positions according to a Wagga teacher.
Wagga Charles Sturt University (CSU) associate head of school Dr Geoff Dutton said some of his students who are set to graduate in the second half of the year have already secured positions locally.
"This year we are graduating 64 students, well, that's if they pass," Dr Dutton joked.
"There are a fair few of the students looking to fill regional positions and positions across Wagga and I know a couple that already have positions lined up for after they graduate."
The graduates will no doubt receive a warm welcome into their roles as the professions statewide shortage places a high demand for vets across practices.
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Dr Dutton said every year CSU Wagga graduates 65 students.
"The shortages aren't because we're not graduating enough students," he said.
"It's because vets are leaving the profession for a number of reasons, financial being one, the other thing is stress for a number of reasons because there are fewer vets working they are burning out.
"A fair few do last long term.
"There are the others who change due to family reasons and other reasons. When I was in practice, a fair few years ago, the average time of practice was five years."
Dr Dutton said the unattractive incentives for veterinarians prompt vets to look to other options.
"There are a lot of other options vets can look to with their degree," he said.
Dr Dutton said it is also pivotal that, like with any professional, clients understand they are doing their best under challenging circumstances.
"Clients have to understand that vets are under a lot of stress and to just treat them fairly," he said.
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