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Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow by 16 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2029. The coronavirus pandemic has affected veterinary practices in 2020, with veterinarians adhering to new protocols to protect the health of animals and people. A growing number of people have adopted pets during the pandemic, which has also increased the need for veterinarians' services. In general, the number of pets is expected to increase slightly because of rising incomes and an increase in the number of people aged 34 to 59, among whom pet ownership has historically been the highest. Approximately 67 percent of U.S. households owned a pet in 2019, according to the American Pet Products Association. Many single adults and senior citizens have come to appreciate animal ownership. Pet owners also may be willing to pay for more elective and intensive care than in the past.

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