As your AVMA President, I’m thrilled to be the first to tell you about recent AVMA Executive Board actions directed at strengthening the economic foundation of our profession.
Today, the Executive Board approved an Economic Vision Statement that will drive a national economic strategy. The vision statement is “Veterinary medicine is a personally and financially rewarding profession.”
To work toward this vision, the Executive Board also approved a number of related recommendations, including:
- Establishing a Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee, composed of AVMA members, to advise and recommend strategies to the Executive Board on economic issues;
- Creating a veterinary economics division at the AVMA;
- Setting aside a $5 million National Economics Strategy Reserve Fund to fund tactical plans and programs consistent with the national strategy;
- Authorizing the continuation of the Economics Vision Steering Committee (of which I’m proud to say I’m a member) to provide additional guidance and oversee the development of alliances and partnerships with stakeholder groups to support economic programs; and
- Developing an economics communications plan including, but not limited to, a web presence, to disseminate information and resources regarding economic issues.
We know the challenges you’re facing and we know that economic viability and growth are top-of-mind for you. We also know there are no quick fixes and no “magic bullets” for the problem, and we need your help to achieve this vision. If you’re interested in serving on the Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee, watch the AVMA@Work blog and newsletter and/or sign up for the AVMA volunteer/leadership opportunities email alerts in our Email Subscription Center. In addition, feel free to comment below on the specific issues you’re facing or any other input you’d like to provide.