Things, as they say, could be better. The most recent AVMA report on employment, starting salaries and educational indebtedness of 2011 veterinary medical school graduates indicates that job offers are down, salaries have taken a hit and educational debt is up once again. It’s partially a reflection of our economy, for sure, but the data also reinforces the fact that the veterinary medical profession has work to do if we are going to strengthen our business model for both short- and long-term sustainability and success.
As we’ve recently discussed right here in AVMA@Work, the AVMA is working hard to address all of these issues. We are embarking on a long-term, multimillion-dollar initiative to develop a strategy for reversing a troubling economic decline evident throughout much of the U.S. veterinary profession.
A recent JAVMA article lays out our plan for you, and provides a lot of background as to how we developed our strategy and where we want to go. Please let us know your thoughts about what you see as possible ways to meet this challenge. You can comment right here – through AVMA@Work – by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” button above.