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Why Do Veterinary Staff Leave and What Can Be Done To Make Them Want To Stay?

Published on: Jan 16, 2024

AAHA Staff Retention Survey

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Staff retention is a hot-button issue in veterinary medicine. The results of a 2023 survey by AAHA show just how pressing the issue really is, and provide some insight into ways you can start to address it in the new year.

Of the nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals from all practice roles that were surveyed by AAHA, 30% of those in clinical practice plan to leave their current job within the coming year. High turnover is not only expensive, but also impacts morale on veterinary teams -- often leading to increased stress and eventual burnout. Why are so many leaving, and what can be done to get them to want to stay? 

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