Number of veterinarians in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

The statistic presents the total number of employed and self-employed veterinarians in the United Kingdom (UK) annually from 2010 to 2019. In 2019, the number of veterinarians employed in the UK was approximately 25 thousand.
The number of enterprises involved in veterinary activities also increased in the UK as a reflection of the growing number of veterinarians employed. As of 2018 there are 4,058 veterinary enterprises based in the United Kingdom.
The practice of veterinary medicine is regulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the United Kingdom. Veterinary medicine can only be performed by fully qualified and regulated professionals as subject to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. In the United kingdom pets make up an important aspect of family life with households spending over five billion British pounds a year in 2018 on veterinary and other pet services. In 2018, UK households spent an average of 2.5 British pounds on pet food and a further 2.1 British pounds on veterinary and other services for pets every week.

Annual number of veterinarians in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2216).

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