Okla. Panhandle needs veterinarians

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A portion of the veterinary profession in Oklahoma is facing a quandary.

The Panhandle and other less populated areas don't have enough veterinarians yet some new vet school graduates can't find the work they seek.

The Tulsa World reports (http://is.gd/RNUPeK ) the shortage of veterinarians in rural Oklahoma and elsewhere is a burden for livestock and pet owners.

Sapulpa veterinarian Corinna Tressler says the situation also puts the rural vets who are still practicing in a difficult position. Tressler says it's a tough choice for a vet who wants to retire but can't find anyone willing to step into the practice.

Federal officials say the average veterinary school graduate owes $135,000 in student loan debt. Many opt for populated areas where they can earn more and pay down their loans faster.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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