1.1 Definition and presentation
Veterinarians are responsible for advising professionals and individuals on the health of their animals. They usually work in veterinary clinics or veterinary centres.
They are called upon to perform a variety of tasks, ranging from diagnostics to heavier operations, on pets, livestock or equidae. However, it is the pets that represent the majority of the animals that are cared for.
The veterinary services market is now worth several billion euros in France, and its growth is driven by the desire of French people to take better care of their pets. Veterinary services for livestock (cattle in particular) also represent a significant part of the market. However, this is tending to decrease with the stagnation of the livestock population.
The main challenges for the sector should be related to the increasing digitalisation of the sector (about half of the veterinarians believe that technological tools can bring a benefit to animal health), and to the specialisation of veterinarians.
1.2 European market for veterinary activities
The market for veterinary services has grown strongly in recent years in Europe, with an estimated generated turnover of **.* billion euros in ****. Average annual growth is close to *.*%, at least *% above EU growth. [***]
Approximately **% of the market turnover is generated by medium-sized structures, employing between * and * people. However, these represent only ...
1.3 Strong growth in veterinary services in France
It is possible to estimate the turnover generated by the veterinary services sector at around EUR *.* billion in ****. The growth of the sector reflects the real dynamism of the profession, with an average of *.*% per year between **** and ****. [***]
The pet population is stable (***). [***]
2.1 Animals in France
According to figures from FEDIAF and FACCO, two associations of pet food professionals, there are approximately ** million pets in France, a figure that has remained relatively stable since ****. [***]
According to the forecast data put forward by Euromonitor In the next * years, this preference for cats should be confirmed with an ...
2.2 Profile of animal keepers
In France, less than half of households own a pet (***). It should also be noted that multi-possession is more frequent than single pet ownership. [***]
Dog owners live primarily in a house, or in a dwelling with a garden, which is explained by the need to take him out for a ...
2.3 Changing demand: digitalization and pets
Digitisation concerns veterinarians
Veterinarians are increasingly looking for digital solutions that can help them in their profession. While **% of them are equipped with a smartphone, around **% of them say they are ready to use a tablet during consultations, a figure that is up * points compared to ****. [***]
Yet more than two-thirds of ...
3.1 Veterinarian Profile
There are about **,*** veterinarians in France, almost as many women as men, with an average age of **.* years. Female veterinarians are relatively younger, with an average age of only ** years, evidence of the continuing feminisation of the profession. [***]
Veterinarians work mainly as freelan (***) or as an employee of the freelancer. Men ...
3.2 Geographical distribution of veterinary activity
The number of inhabitants per veterinarian in France is particularly low in the Ile-de-France region, which can be explained, among other things, by the high urban density of the region and the low number of pets in the region: only *.*% of pets for **.*% of the metropolitan population. [***]
Thus, Ile-de-France has nearly ...
4.1 Specializations per animal
Although there are a large number of different veterinarians (***), the * most important categories are :
Veterinarians for pets Rural or mixed veterinarians Equine veterinarians
Depending on their membership of these categories, the tasks performed by veterinarians are radically different.
4.2 Average cost of care
The cost of pet veterinarian care can vary greatly depending on the task at hand. While a consultation costs about ** euros, the removal of a tumour can cost about *** euros. However, prices for specialist veterinarians are more difficult to assess. [***]
To these prices, it is necessary to add the cost ...
4.3 Veterinarians are becoming more specialised
Veterinarians are turning more and more to pets. This practice is also increasingly practiced in cities, as the number of rural veterinarians is declining. [***]
However, this development is also accompanied by an increasing specialization of veterinarians, a trend noted by the Ministry of Agriculture . Indeed, owners are increasingly inclined to take ...
5.1 Main regulatory points of the profession
The veterinary profession is strictly regulated by several codes, the main ones being :
The Rural Code The Civil Code The Public Health Code
These obligations set out both the contract implicit by a veterinarian with his patient and the substances whose use is regulated for veterinarians. [***]
The latest major regulatory development ...
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