Pet boom raises de­mand for vet­eri­nar­i­ans

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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