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Sun January 13, 2013

Panhandle Needs Veterinarians


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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A portion of the veterinary profession in Oklahoma is facing a quandary.

The Panhandle and other less populated areas don't have enough veterinarians yet some new vet school graduates can't find the work they seek.

The Tulsa World reports the shortage of veterinarians in rural Oklahoma and elsewhere is a burden for livestock and pet owners.

Sapulpa veterinarian Corinna Tressler says the situation also puts the rural vets who are still practicing in a difficult position. Tressler says it's a tough choice for a vet who wants to retire but can't find anyone willing to step into the practice.

Federal officials say the average veterinary school graduate owes $135,000 in student loan debt. Many opt for populated areas where they can earn more and pay down their loans faster.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.