It took almost a year for horse doctor Nicholas Loutsion to find a veterinarian specializing in large animals to join his practice in Canonsburg, Washington County. "They just aren't out there," said Loutsion, of Canon Hill Veterinary Clinic.
"I searched the listings of available vets online for about 10 months, and there were only two of them: one from Holland -- who couldn't get a visa -- and the other was a professor from Chile."
The decline in the number of vets choosing careers in two critical specialties -- large-animal medicine and public health practice -- creates more than just a staffing problem for Loutsion
"It has happened more than once in my practice that someone has decided they just don't want to do this kind of work anymore," Loutsion