Stay, Please

Veterinary medicine has a problem: It’s losing good people at an unsustainable rate. Learn more with our free white paper.

Factors that support retention and drive attrition in the veterinary profession

Did you know?

  • 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.
Retention Infographic

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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Featured articles

Why staff retention deserves your attention in the New Year
AAHA surveyed nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals and learned that 30% plan to leave their current job within the coming year. What might make them want to stay? It starts with the right goals. Read more.

How do we keep good people in clinical practice?
New insights from an AAHA survey into why people in vet med leave, and what could make them want to stay. Read more.

VIDEO: Exploring insights and strategies outlined In AAHA’s retention study

Check out the recording of this LinkedIn Live event where AAHA CEO, Garth Jordan, delved into the studies findings of the root causes of high turnover rates in veterinary practices, including burnout, compassion fatigue, work-life balance, and financial concerns.

Dig into the charts below to better understand what’s driving attrition and inspiring retention amongst veterinary professionals.

The dropdown menus allow you to see how these factors differ amongst those planning to leave (attrition) and those planning to stay (retention).

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