20/20 Vision

Crystal balls don’t work, no matter how long you stare into them, and, last I checked, no one’s improved much on time travel since H.G. Wells wrote “The Time Machine.” So, since we don’t have any fancy tools at our disposal, it’s still difficult to predict what the future may bring. But that doesn’t mean we can’t anticipate and prepare.

 What issues do you think we’ll face as a profession 10 years from now? What do you see as the major challenges and opportunities we’ll encounter? How do we as an association stay relevant and remain the voice of the veterinary profession a decade down the road?

 If you’ve got ideas – and if you consider yourself a progressive thinker who can look at the big picture, participate in critical strategic discussions, ask the right questions and challenge assumptions – we invite you to seek a seat on our new AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission. We’re looking for commission members who will represent diverse experiences and perspectives both inside and outside the veterinary profession, and who bring diversity to the group through gender, generation and ethnicity.

 The AVMA is an association that was established for the members and is run by the members. If we are to continue to lead the veterinary profession through the year 2020, we need to be prepared for the changes and advancements ahead, and we could use your help in getting there.

2 thoughts on “20/20 Vision

  1. Extremely interesting and opportune. My 64 years in crystal balling relevant to my interests have been exciting and most rewarding. Congratulations and good luck. Sending my CV. best regards, Hannis Stoddard.

  2. I don’t have a crystal ball either, but I see a growing concern about the shortage of clinicians..particularly with large animal clinicians. I was a part of the Air Force medical training group back in the 70’s when we were faced with a shortage of MD’s and the Physicians Assistants programs where implemented. With the growing number of Veterinary Technician programs, should we be looking at enhancing those training programs in a similar way? I served 15 years on the ABSA and was proud that all of the veterinary specialties were under the AVMA umbrella contrary to how it was with the AMA. Therefore, I would suggest that if this is feasible, it should be an active program of the AVMA to keep everything “veterinary” in house.