Scanning the Environment

For those of you who remember the television program ABC’s Wide of World of Sports, you might recall how the show opened with the introduction, “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The program ran for more than 30 years, and what made it so unique was that it was probably the only place at the time where you could find televised competitions in sports such as track and field, curling and even surfing (not that this Georgia boy was much of a surfer).

Here at the AVMA, we’re interested in the issues that are spanning today’s veterinary world – and we’re hoping your input will help us prepare for the future. We’re inviting members to help us shape our strategic plan by identifying the most critical issues facing the veterinary profession over the next five years.

As part of this environmental scan, we’ve put together a quick, one-page, Web-based survey to collect your feedback. The survey asks only one question: What are the three most critical issues facing the veterinary profession in the next five years? The AVMA Executive Board will be using your input as part of its ongoing effort to re-evaluate and revise our strategic plan. Just click on the link above to take the survey.

 Comments submitted by March 20 will be included in the Executive Board’s April 2010 discussion of the AVMA Strategic Plan. Comments received after that date will be included in future board discussions.

 Just like the variety of contests captured by Wide World of Sports, there are myriad issues affecting veterinary medicine. And the more we hear from you, the more tuned-in we’ll be in helping shape the profession and preparing it for whatever the future may bring.

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  1. Health care for our staff is the most pressing cost weighing on our practices. We provide health insurance for all of our staff members but costs escalating at greater than 15% annually will soon render this essential benefit beyond the means of us and we believe the average practice in America. We estimate that by 2012 we will no longer be able to provide health insurance if the current system remains as is. By 2012 the annual cost of providing health insurance will be greater than 50% of our net profits, a tipping point in our estimation. This will not only be devastating to our non-professioanl staff but also to our young veterinarians. With the debt load that new graduates now carry upon completion vet school the prospect of either not having health care or having to pay for it themselves could be catastrophic. If this problem is not solved shortly the impact on the veterinary profession will manifest itself with lower enrollment in vet schools, more shortages of veterinarians in rural America and in large animal practices in general and higher prices for small animal veterinary medicine.