Stay, Please - A Challenge to the veterinary profession to improve employee retention

It’s time to meet the needs of people working in clinical practice

Learn more with our free white paper.

Veterinary medicine has a problem: It’s losing good people at an unsustainable rate.

  • Some 30% of veterinary practice team members are planning on leaving their current role.
  • Of that, half plan to leave clinical practice entirely, and once they do, only 10% would consider returning.
  • The economic costs of attrition range from $1-5 billion; the emotional toll is even greater.
  • The profession cannot graduate our way out of this crisis; retention is the key.
  • To improve retention, owners and leaders need to give employees what they need and want. Making changes without that information wastes effort and resources.

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There is a solution.

This isn’t a workforce crisis; this is a human-centered issue. To solve it, all of us must focus on addressing the problems that are pushing veterinary professionals—many of whom have dreamed of this work all their lives—away from clinical practice. The Stay, Please survey and analysis, provides critical insight to what veterinary professionals value. And having an understanding what’s driving people to leave, as well as what matters most to those who love where they work is fundamental to addressing the root cause of this issue at its source.

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About AAHA’s Stay, Please: Factors That Support Retention and Drive Attrition in the Veterinary Profession study: We surveyed over 130,000 people in clinical practice to better understand the factors driving them out and inspiring them to stay—and more than 14,000 responded. While there’s no magic pill, the results begin to form an important foundation the profession to mitigate attrition and increase retention for every member of the team, for entire practices, and for the veterinary ecosystem at large.

The initial findings with links to interactive graphics are detailed in this free white paper, and we will provide more tools and expert resources to support clear-cut solutions throughout the year.