The OVMA is available to assist the media in story development and breaking news coverage. We have extensive contacts within Oregon's veterinary community and can provide you with information and resources for coverage of animal health care issues.

PR Director: Raina Dey or
Executive Director: Glenn Kolb
Phone: (800) 235-3502 or (503) 399-0311
Fax: (503) 363-4218

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About the OVMA

Our mission is to serve veterinarians in Oregon, the veterinary profession and the public through education, public relations, and political action, and by promoting among veterinarians the highest standards of animal care and professional ethics.

The OVMA is a non-profit membership association with about 1,000 members, or about 80% of the practicing veterinarians in the state. Since 1911, the OVMA has been serving the needs and interests of Oregon veterinarians and their patients by vigorously advocating for the veterinary profession and helping to ensure that practitioners from all parts of the state can continue to practice medicine in their patients' best interests.

The OVMA is governed by a Board of Directors, made up of the Executive Committee, the elected officers of the OVMA, plus eight elected regional directors.


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Fast Facts: Veterinarians

  • Veterinarians are medical doctors who attend four years of veterinary school after college. A typical veterinary student spends about 4,000 hours in the classroom, laboratory, clinical study, and internships.
  • Veterinarians must pass a national examination and must acquire a license in the state they wish to practice in. In Oregon, the licensing organization is the Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
  • Veterinarians are The Other Family Doctor™. In many cases, veterinarians are your pets' obstetrician, pediatrician, dentist, dermatologist, internist, surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist, gerontologist, and ophthalmologist, and more.
  • There are about 114,000 veterinarians in the country; more than 68,000 are in private practice.
    Source: American Veterinary Medical Association
  • In Oregon, the median income for all private practice associate veterinarians (not owners) is $85,000 (2016 data) with a median experience level of 10 years, and the median income for new graduates (up to 5 years of experience) is $73,400 (2016 data). The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Source: OVMA member survey
  • According to a 2007 Gallup poll, veterinarians ranked third for honesty and ethics among 23 occupations. About 71 percent of survey respondents rated the honesty and ethical standards of veterinarians as high or very high. Nurses (84%) and pharmacists (73%) filled the top two spots. Physicians and dentists followed veterinarians—at 69 percent and 62 percent, respectively.
  • According to a 2008 AVMA survey, veterinarians report a high level of job satisfaction (3.55), just behind clergy (3.79), teachers (3.61) and psychologists (3.59), but above physicians (3.47) and lawyers (3.33). Veterinarians with the highest job satisfaction are food animal veterinarians (3.69).
    Source: American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Find out more about veterinarians and how to become a veterinarian.

Fast Facts

  • Oregon's pet population (approx.):
    • 919,455 dogs
    • 1,004,473 cats
    • 111,783 birds
    • 64,551 horses
      Source: AVMA calculator
  • Pets age faster than humans. If your cat is ten years old, its equivalent age in human years is 60. If your dog is ten years old, its equivalent age in human years ranges from 56 (small breed) to 78 (giant breed).
  • Over the lifetime of their pets, the average owner will spend $10,000 on a cat, $12,000 on a small dog and $23,000 for a large dog.
    Source: American Veterinary Medical Association
  • According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet ownership rates are up, with the rate of pet ownership in Millennials now higher than in Baby Boomers for the first time.

Updated: 2017-04-05 07:00:00

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association