How Are Farriers Funding Their Retirement Years?

Some 50% of full-time farriers are funding retirement years with Individual Retirement Account plans while 34% have invested in some other type of self-employed plan. Another 15% have invested in other types of formal retirement plans and 9% are relying on pension plans for retirement income.

Unfortunately, 18% of full-time farriers have no retirement investment plans.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study


Four Facts to Tell Your Kids About Vet School

Median student debt for 2016 vet school graduates — $156,480

Total enrollment at U.S. vet schools — 12,786

U.S. students enrolled in international schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Colleges organization — 2,450

Percentage of women vet students — 80%

— Data from the American Veterinary Medical Colleges 2017 annual report

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