Demand Surges for Veterinary Services in Canada

September 3, 2021 | Ontario

Few things can bring joy into a person’s life like a new pet. Whether they’re furry, feathery, or fishy, many people enjoy the companionship of a new addition to the household.

To keep their animal friends healthy and happy, pet owners count on quality veterinary services. In recent years, there have been many signs demand is rapidly increasing for skilled professionals in this field.

If you’ve been considering this career path, here’s a look at how the industry is changing and creating new opportunities.

Pet Boom

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people to reevaluate many aspects of their lives – including their desire for pets. Research shows many Canadians recently welcomed new animals into their homes. In a June 2021 survey of 1,500 people across Canada, Abacus Data looked into the phenomenon.

“About 900,000 Canadian adults got a pet since the start of the pandemic who didn’t have one before it – 3% of the population,” says CEO David Coletto.

Veterinarian Shortage

Amid the rise in pet ownership, there is also growing demand for veterinary services. In fact, industry experts have been raising the alarm about a shortage of veterinarians. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association – Society of British Columbia Veterinarians Chapter highlighted the issue in an April 2021 public letter.

“Urban veterinarians are reporting two weeks or longer wait times to get appointments for veterinary care,” the letter says.

Career Training

The high demand for pet healthcare highlights the importance of skilled veterinary professionals. If you’re interested in training for this career, you can enroll in the Veterinary Health Care Assistant program at CDI College.

Offered online, the program covers animal nursing and clinical care, diagnostic imaging, office reception procedures, and other essential topics. It also includes six weeks of real-world practicum experience.

In under a year of training, you can earn your diploma and get started toward an exciting new career providing care to animals. To learn more, fill out the REQUEST INFO form.

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