Christine Nagel | St. Louis Public Radio

Christine Nagel

From left, Christine Nagel, Abby Whiting and Carolyn Henry joined Tuesday's talk show
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Like many urban and rural areas around the U.S., the St. Louis region has seen a shortage of veterinarians, and it's affecting clinic hours, staffing and wait times in some communities.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Ruth Ezell talked with three people deeply invested in the profession and in seeing both veterinarians and the animals they care for thrive.

Joining the discussion were Carolyn Henry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia; Christine Nagel, president of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association; and Abby Whiting, who currently works overnights and provides emergency and critical care through Veterinary Specialty Services.