There are many answers to this question, which in a nut-shell is difficult to fully explain. Veterinary medicine has grown and expanded over the years and what was once a minor, but not insignificant cost, is now a major factor compared with human medicine. The average veterinarian graduates after 8 years of college with loans that are as high if not higher than their human medicine counterparts and, as many of our drugs and supplies are made by and for human manufacturers; the costs have come over to the animal side of the equation. One aspect that we have that is very apparent is that in the veterinary field, we are running our hospitals on what is, in general, discretionary spendable income. This is changing with our combined living with our pets in an urban setting and what our animals have come to mean to us. There is no denying that the costs of veterinary care to the consumer have gone up, but for a comparable pricing to human medicine, veterinary medicine is still very much a bargain.
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