So I'm using my favorite highly intellectual research technique of randomly googling terms I think will get me relevant results, and I ran across this article by Kathy Robertson, a senior staff writer for the Sacramento Business Journal:
For the first time, a detailed database on the health-care workforce and education trends in California is available through the Office of Statewide Health Development and Planning.
The Healthcare Workforce Clearinghouse provides numbers of providers by occupation and county, projected annual job openings, some wage information and educational programs that train these kinds of professionals.
Well, I was on that like white on rice...
To no avail. Turns out veterinarians are not part of the healthcare workforce. I did find it refreshing, though, that the article cautions
"The database does not provide data on which counties are experiencing a shortage or overage of a particular profession — and assumptions cannot be made that low numbers in a particular county mean a shortage because that depends on population figures"
It would be nice if the people involved in workforce assessments in veterinary medicine took that position. Instead, the assumption is made that any county without a veterinarian is experiencing a shortage. No matter that there may be very few animals in that county to need care, or few people to request or pay for it. Or even that there may be a veterinarian in an adjacent county within easy driving distance, who regularly provides service to that area.
As a reward for reading this far, I will tell you what I was looking for when I ran across the article. I wasn't searching the terms 'veterinary' or 'healthcare' or even 'database'. I was searching the terms 'labor economics journal.' Which gets you this as a top hit:
Now what could I be up to.... =:0