Hi AVMA members! I want to let you know the Economic Vision Steering Committee is meeting by conference call next week to discuss several issues pertaining to the national economic strategy. We can let you know more after next week. This continues to be a major concern for members in all my discussions at various meetings, most recently at the Colorado VMA meeting. However, we must remember, not all is doom and gloom. We need to realize we cannot keep going down the same road of increasing tuition and class sizes with underemployment and decreasing compensation, the high cost of our current educational models, and current decreases in use of veterinary services. That is the “doom and gloom” part because we must have everyone understand there is a crisis looming on the horizon (even closer for some of our members) if we don’t work now to change some fundamental issues for veterinary medicine.
However, there is a very bright light at the end of this tunnel and a very bright silver lining to this cloud. Don’t despair. Once we get through this current recession, there are enormous potential markets for increasing demand, and great potential for our national strategy. The most important part is we all must understand the need for urgency to address these issues and believe it will happen. Follow this link for a blog by Eric Brown on the need for urgency as it relates to John Kotter’s book on A Sense of Urgency and why understanding this is so important to organizational and professional change. Then we will move on to step two > creating the guiding coalition that will help move this initiative forward toward our vision to be sure “veterinary medicine is a personally and financially rewarding profession“.
Our first action in this strategy includes defining the charge and makeup of the new Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee (VESC). The VESC description has been finalized and is open for nominations through October 31. View the link above to see the charge, membership, and process for nominations. People can self-nominate themselves on the provided Nomination Form for committees, or have an association nominate them. We need a diverse and knowledgable group for this committee, so please everyone, if you have an interest, or know of someone who is knowledgeable in economic issues (they do not need to be a veterinarian), please submit a nomination form. Stay tuned for more updates! And stay positive!