Pet boom raises demand for veterinarians
More students in China are choosing veterinary medicine as a career, thanks to rising salaries and the growing demand for animal care, according to industry sources. Up to 10,000 students graduate with majors in the field every year in China, but the country is still short of more than 1 million vets, says Xiong Fuqiang, deputy Party chief of Nanjing Agricultural University’s veterinary medicine school. “Few students, especially female students, wanted to become vets in the past due to a heavy workload, low salary and bad working environment. But we have had good applicants in the past two years, and more than 60 percent of them are female.” He says the average starting salary for veterinary graduates is 4,000 yuan ($607; 508 euros; £470) a month, and in three years their earnings can surpass 10,000 yuan, higher than the salaries of many other majors.